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Russell M. Nelson Named President, Prophet Of LDS Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has named its new president and prophet this week.

Russell M Nelson was ordained and set apart by his fellow apostles Sunday in the Salt Lake Temple as the 17 th president of the Mormon church.

Nelson has been presiding over the faith since the January 2 death of 90-year-old church President Thomas S. Monson.

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Nelson is 93 years old, and is the second-oldest apostle in Mormon history to assume the presidency.

He is the first physician to lead the LDS church.