List of presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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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.

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No.PortraitPresident of the ChurchBirthOrdinationDeathLength
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Joseph Smith December 23, 1805April 6, 1830
(de facto) [1]
January 25, 1832
(de jure) [2]
June 27, 1844(1844-06-27) (aged 38)14 years, 2 months
(de facto)
12 years, 5 months
(de jure)
Church led by Brigham Young as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.3 years, 6 months
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Brigham Young June 1, 1801December 27, 1847August 29, 1877(1877-08-29) (aged 76)29 years, 8 months
Church led by John Taylor as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.3 years, 1 month
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John Taylor November 1, 1808October 10, 1880July 25, 1887(1887-07-25) (aged 78)6 years, 9 months
Church led by Wilford Woodruff as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.1 year, 8 months
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Wilford Woodruff March 1, 1807April 7, 1889September 2, 1898(1898-09-02) (aged 91)9 years, 4 months
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Lorenzo Snow April 3, 1814September 13, 1898October 10, 1901(1901-10-10) (aged 87)3 years, 1 month
6
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Joseph F. Smith November 13, 1838October 17, 1901November 19, 1918(1918-11-19) (aged 80)17 years, 1 month
7
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Heber J. Grant November 22, 1856November 23, 1918May 14, 1945(1945-05-14) (aged 88)26 years, 5 months
8
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George Albert Smith April 4, 1870May 21, 1945April 4, 1951(1951-04-04) (aged 81)5 years, 10 months
9
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David O. McKay September 8, 1873April 9, 1951January 18, 1970(1970-01-18) (aged 96)18 years, 9 months
10
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Joseph Fielding Smith July 19, 1876January 23, 1970July 2, 1972(1972-07-02) (aged 95)2 years, 5 months
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Harold B. Lee March 28, 1899July 7, 1972December 26, 1973(1973-12-26) (aged 74)1 year, 5 months
12
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Spencer W. Kimball March 28, 1895December 30, 1973November 5, 1985(1985-11-05) (aged 90)11 years, 10 months
13
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Ezra Taft Benson August 4, 1899November 10, 1985May 30, 1994(1994-05-30) (aged 94)8 years, 6 months
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Howard W. Hunter November 14, 1907June 5, 1994March 3, 1995(1995-03-03) (aged 87)9 months
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Gordon B. Hinckley June 23, 1910March 12, 1995January 27, 2008(2008-01-27) (aged 97)12 years, 10 months
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Thomas S. Monson August 21, 1927February 3, 2008January 2, 2018(2018-01-02) (aged 90)9 years, 11 months
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Russell M. Nelson September 9, 1924January 14, 2018Living;
95 years, 10 months (as of today)
Current;
2 years, 6 months (as of today)

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List of presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Notes

  1. Smith became the "First Elder" of the church upon its organization. In this position, Smith acted as the highest leader of the church. However, the office of President of the Church was not formally created until 1832.
  2. Smith was officially sustained as President of the High Priesthood of the church on this day at a general conference in Amherst, Ohio: Joseph Smith (B. H. Roberts (ed.), History of the Church 1:242–44.

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