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

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.

No. Portrait President of the Church Birth Ordination Death Length
1
Joseph Smith December 23, 1805 April 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
2
Brigham Young June 1, 1801 December 27, 1847 August 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
3
John Taylor November 1, 1808 October 10, 1880 July 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
4
Wilford Woodruff March 1, 1807 April 7, 1889 September 2, 1898(1898-09-02) (aged 91) 9 years, 4 months
5
Lorenzo Snow April 3, 1814 September 13, 1898 October 10, 1901(1901-10-10) (aged 87) 3 years, 1 month
6
Joseph F. Smith November 13, 1838 October 17, 1901 November 19, 1918(1918-11-19) (aged 80) 17 years, 1 month
7
Heber J. Grant November 22, 1856 November 23, 1918 May 14, 1945(1945-05-14) (aged 88) 26 years, 5 months
8
George Albert Smith April 4, 1870 May 21, 1945 April 4, 1951(1951-04-04) (aged 81) 5 years, 10 months
9
David O. McKay September 8, 1873 April 9, 1951 January 18, 1970(1970-01-18) (aged 96) 18 years, 9 months
10
Joseph Fielding Smith July 19, 1876 January 23, 1970 July 2, 1972(1972-07-02) (aged 95) 2 years, 5 months
11
Harold B. Lee March 28, 1899 July 7, 1972 December 26, 1973(1973-12-26) (aged 74) 1 year, 5 months
12
Spencer W. Kimball March 28, 1895 December 30, 1973 November 5, 1985(1985-11-05) (aged 90) 11 years, 10 months
13
Ezra Taft Benson August 4, 1899 November 10, 1985 May 30, 1994(1994-05-30) (aged 94) 8 years, 6 months
14
Howard W. Hunter November 14, 1907 June 5, 1994 March 3, 1995(1995-03-03) (aged 87) 9 months
15
Gordon B. Hinckley June 23, 1910 March 12, 1995 January 27, 2008(2008-01-27) (aged 97) 12 years, 10 months
16
Thomas S. Monson August 21, 1927 February 3, 2008 January 2, 2018(2018-01-02) (aged 90) 9 years, 11 months
17
Russell M. Nelson September 9, 1924 January 14, 2018 Living;
93 years, 11 months (as of today)
Current;
7 months (as of today)

Timeline

See also

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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