First Presidency

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The "First Presidency" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints refers to the Church's President, deemed a prophet, and his counselors. The President and his first two counselors form the Quorum of the First Presidency, while any additional counselors that may be called serve only as counselors to the President. Members of the First Presidency are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators.

These high priests of the Church, who hold the priesthood office of Apostle, work closely with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to direct God's work on the earth. Latter-day Saints look to the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve as members of Christ’s Church did anciently: they receive revelation and direction from God to guide people into His paths, so that one day we may return to live with Him.

Current First Presidency

The current First Presidency has been in place since 1995. Gordon B. Hinckley serves as President, with Thomas S. Monson as First Counselor and James E. Faust as Second Counselor.