Since the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has transitioned to a new prophet.

It is anticipated that in the coming week, President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be named as the new president of the LDS Church after the death of President Thomas S. Monson. Nelson turned 93 in September. 

But he won’t be the oldest at the time of taking over as president. Joseph Fielding Smith was two months older when he took over as president of the LDS Church than Nelson is now.

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