This article lists the presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The included persons have served as President of the Church and prophet, seer, and revelator of the LDS Church.
|No.||Portrait||President of the Church||Birth||Ordination||Death||Length|
|1||Joseph Smith||December 23, 1805||April 6, 1830|
January 25, 1832
|June 27, 1844 38) (aged||14 years, 2 months|
12 years, 5 months
|Church led by Brigham Young as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.||3 years, 6 months|
|2||Brigham Young||June 1, 1801||December 27, 1847||August 29, 1877 76) (aged||29 years, 8 months|
|Church led by John Taylor as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.||3 years, 1 month|
|3||John Taylor||November 1, 1808||October 10, 1880||July 25, 1887 78) (aged||6 years, 9 months|
|Church led by Wilford Woodruff as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.||1 year, 8 months|
|4||Wilford Woodruff||March 1, 1807||April 7, 1889||September 2, 1898 91) (aged||9 years, 4 months|
|5||Lorenzo Snow||April 3, 1814||September 13, 1898||October 10, 1901 87) (aged||3 years, 1 month|
|6||Joseph F. Smith||November 13, 1838||October 17, 1901||November 19, 1918 80) (aged||17 years, 1 month|
|7||Heber J. Grant||November 22, 1856||November 23, 1918||May 14, 1945 88) (aged||26 years, 5 months|
|8||George Albert Smith||April 4, 1870||May 21, 1945||April 4, 1951 81) (aged||5 years, 10 months|
|9||David O. McKay||September 8, 1873||April 9, 1951||January 18, 1970 96) (aged||18 years, 9 months|
|10||Joseph Fielding Smith||July 19, 1876||January 23, 1970||July 2, 1972 95) (aged||2 years, 5 months|
|11||Harold B. Lee||March 28, 1899||July 7, 1972||December 26, 1973 74) (aged||1 year, 5 months|
|12||Spencer W. Kimball||March 28, 1895||December 30, 1973||November 5, 1985 90) (aged||11 years, 10 months|
|13||Ezra Taft Benson||August 4, 1899||November 10, 1985||May 30, 1994 94) (aged||8 years, 6 months|
|14||Howard W. Hunter||November 14, 1907||June 5, 1994||March 3, 1995 87) (aged||9 months|
|15||Gordon B. Hinckley||June 23, 1910||March 12, 1995||January 27, 2008 97) (aged||12 years, 10 months|
|16||Thomas S. Monson||August 21, 1927||February 3, 2008||January 2, 2018 90) (aged||9 years, 11 months|
|17||Russell M. Nelson||September 9, 1924||January 14, 2018||Living;|
95 years, 10 months (as of today)
2 years, 6 months (as of today)
Among many churches in the Latter Day Saint movement, the First Presidency is the highest presiding or governing body. Present-day denominations of the movement led by a First Presidency include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Community of Christ, Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
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John Whitaker Taylor was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was the son of John Taylor, the third president of the church. While he was an apostle, Taylor was excommunicated from the LDS Church for opposing the church's abandonment of plural marriage. He was subsequently posthumously re-baptized in 1965.
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Sylvester Quayle Cannon was an American businessman, engineer, and religious leader who served as the sixth presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1925 to 1938 and a member of church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1939 until his death. He was the son of George Q. Cannon, an apostle and member of the church's First Presidency.
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John Henry Smith was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a prominent politician in Utah and played an important role in the transition from Utah as a territory to a state of the United States.
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The following outline is provided as an overview of and a topical guide to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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