Leaders of the ChurchFirst Presidency

    First Presidency

    First Presidency 1894

    Online Resources:

    Meet Today’s Prophets and Apostles

    This is an official Church web page about the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It contains links to brief biographies and photographs of each member of the First Presidency.

    First Presidency Home Page

    This is an official Church web page about the First Presidency. It contains links to brief biographies and photographs of each member of the First Presidency, as well as links to talks and articles found in Church magazines.

    Prophets of the Restoration

    Learn more about the life and ministry of each President of the Church through multimedia galleries. This website is hosted by the Church History Department.

    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “First Presidency”

    This entry discusses the development and responsibilities of the First Presidency. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism contains information about the Church and its history, beliefs, doctrine, and procedures. It is not published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but most of the sources used for writing the volumes are. The online version is hosted by Brigham Young University.

    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “President of the Church”

    This entry in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism identifies the Presidents of the Church until 1991 and discusses the calling of each Church President and the need for a prophet to preside over the Church. The Encyclopedia of Mormonism contains information about the Church and its history, beliefs, doctrine, and procedures. It is not published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but most of the sources used for writing the volumes are. The online version is hosted by Brigham Young University.

    Presidents of the Church Student Manual

    This collegiate religious manual discusses in detail the history and presidency of all the Presidents of the Church from Joseph Smith to the recent past (2013). In addition to information about the Presidents of the Church, the manual also explains Church organization and governance.

    For insight on succession in the presidency, see Succession in the Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    Textual Resources (Available at the Library):

    At Home with the Prophets: Family Life Series

    This is a collection of books about the prophets from Joseph Smith to Spencer W. Kimball. Each prophet has a dedicated volume that provides a list of important events, pedigree charts, and family group sheets. Available in the public area of the library.

    Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1833–1964

    These six volumes provide the official statements and circular letters of the First Presidency from 1833 to 1964. Available in the public area of the library.

    Counselors to the Prophets

    Each chapter of this volume is a biographical sketch of some of the counselors who have served in the First Presidency. Available in the public area of the library.