How the Mormon Church Is Organized

Religion, spirituality, and sacrilege.
Nov. 1 2012 12:16 PM

The Mormon Hierarchy

How the LDS church is organized.

Over its nearly two-century history, the LDS church has developed a complicated bureaucracy to oversee what is now a worldwide religion. While every active adult Mormon holds a calling in the church, only those at the very top serve in their positions on a full-time basis. And because only men can receive the LDS priesthood, the top of the hierarchy is entirely male. Read David Haglund's "Case of the Mormon Historian."

Thomas S. Monson - First President Henry B. Eyring - First Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf - Second Counselor
Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve L. Tom Perry, Assistant to the Twelve Russell M. Nelson Dallin H. Oaks M. Russell Ballard Richard G. Scott Robert D. Hales Jeffrey R. Holland David A. Bednar Quentin L. Cook D. Todd Christofferson Neil L. Andersen

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Correction, Nov. 1, 2012: This chart originally depicted the general officers for the LDS primary as men. They're women.

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