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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf offers support to newly called Church leaders

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who served as President Thomas S. Monson's counselor in the First Presidency, offered words of support to the Church's new First Presidency: President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

In a note on his Facebook profile, Elder Uchtdorf said:

“It was a joy to participate in this morning’s announcement of the new First Presidency. I love and sustain President Russell M. Nelson, President Dallin H. Oaks, and President Henry B. Eyring. I can assure you, the Lord Himself is at the head of His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The Lord has provided a divine plan so that His Church is always led by prophets, seers, and revelators. I embrace the opportunity to associate with my Brethren in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I love them and look forward to serving with them as we — along with you — strive to serve the Lord.”

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also posted his support on his Facebook profile. He honored President Thomas S. Monson and testified of the calling of newly announced prophet, President Nelson.

“President Thomas S. Monson blessed the Church in remarkable ways. He truly was a prophet of God. I was privileged to associate with President Monson and will forever cherish the guidance and direction I received from him.

“The resurrected and living Christ directs the affairs of His restored and living Church. On Sunday morning in a solemn meeting in the Salt Lake Temple, President Russell M Nelson was sustained and ordained as the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know the Lord has called him to be the prophet at this time. For years, I have been tutored and strengthened by his strong faith and his inspired leadership.

“The heavens are not closed. God speaks — to us individually and to the leaders of His latter-day kingdom on earth. I look forward with great anticipation to the leadership President Nelson will provide. I know that as we follow his counsel, we will better come to know the Savior and will feel true joy in our lives."

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