Thanks to Brother X for this post!
As expected, Russell M. Nelson was set apart as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His counselors are Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring were selected as First and Second Counselors, respectively.
I am a historian. I do not predict the future. Latter-day Saints view every calling as from the Mouth of God. I do not disparage that. As an active LDS I believe in that. I am merely pointing out lines of thought. So please no comments about this being political.
With that in mind, there are some interesting things to think about with this new First Presidency:
Each member of the First Presidency has a Ph.D. or J.D.
President Eyring was called as Second Counselor, a position he had served under Gordon B. Hinckley. Under President Thomas S. Monson, he had served as First Counselor. This is the first time since David O. McKay called J. Reuben Clark to be his Second Counselor, when he had served as George Albert Smith’s First Counselor. From that move comes one of the phrases most often associated with Clark, “in the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who had served as Second Counselor to Thomas S. Monson, was released from the First Presidency. Uchtdorf is the first member of the First Presidency that was not retained since Marion G. Romney was not called by Ezra Taft Benson into the First Presidency. Romney had been ill for several years. Before that, Hugh B. Brown was not asked to serve as a Counselor to President Joseph Fielding Smith.
There is a certain logic in showing that President Oaks is next in succession and it makes sense that he is in the Presidency.* These LDS Church Presidents (a majority of them) had not served in the First Presidency before their call as LDS Church President: Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith**, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf has been asked to fulfill a special assignment. I’m very interested to hear what that assignment entails!
What did I miss? Any contexts that I missed?
**Joseph Fielding Smith was not called as First or Second Counselor to David O. McKay