“We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.”
The organization of the church was established by Christ, not just in modern revelation but in biblical scripture as well, when Christ came to the world and started his ministry. His first task was organizing his priesthood. He started by calling apostles. 12 Men that would lead his church in his absence. Christ also called other General authority’s to assist the 12 whom he called to church leadership. These other General authorities were referred to as seventy
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
From the top down the churches leadership structure supports efficient operation of the lords church in latter days. Christ recognized this and has organized his latter-day church accordingly. While changes in organizational structure have occurred over the years the basic fundamentals and priesthood offices have remained the same.
From the top down a basic summary is what follows as the current church leadership and organizational structure of the church.
At the head of the church is Jesus Christ or lord and savior. It is Christ that is the leader of the church and it is under his direction that all things are done within the church. All those who serve in the church do so under Christ and his direction.
Under Christ is the first presidency which consists of President Thomas S Monson president of the church and prophet of the world. With him his 2 Councillors Henry B Eyring and Dieter F Uchtdorf.
The Quorum of the 12 Apostles is below them and has the following members Boyd K packer, L Tom Perry, Russel M Nelson, Dallin H oaks, M Russell Ballard, Richard G Scott, Robert D Hales, Jeffrey R Holland, David a Bednar, Quentin L cook, D Todd Christopherson, and Neil L Anderson.
All 15 of these men are sustained as prophets sears and revelators in the last days. They have all be called of God to their prophetic callings within the lords church. But the organization does not stop there. Under the 12 Apostles comes the quorum’s of the seventy of which there are currently 8 quorum’s of the seventy each made up of 70 members. Only the first 2 quorum’s however are considered general authorities while the rest are area seventies. Of the quorum’s of the seventy there are 7 Presidents who over sea the 8 quorums within the church.
Under the area seventies comes the stake presidency made up of 3 men who over see a group of congregations called wards. The stake is also composed of a high council made up of 12 high Councillors who sit in council with the stake presidency. Each ward is presided over by a bishop. The high Councillors representing the wards and branches contained with the stake.
At the ward level we have bishops and their Councillors. Under the bishops or branch president we have the priesthood leadership at the ward level consisting of elders, high priest, deacons, teachers quorum’s presidents as well as other auxiliaries such as relief society, young men, young women, primary, Sunday school so forth and so on. Each one of these organizations also have 2 Councillors to assist the respective presidents.
Through this organization effectively leadership can handle the issue the church deals with on a daily basis. This is the organization that Christ had set up in ancient of days. For the church to function it must be run in the manner that the Lord has proscribed for his church. It must follow after his organization because it is his church.
The church as it stands today has truly been inspired and Organized by God the father and his son Jesus Christ. It is through him that the Lords church has once again been reorganized as Christ organized it in ancient days. No other christian church that I am aware has been organized in such a manner except maybe the RLDS which follow after the pattern of the LDS church.
With such an organization with Christ at the head the church is destined to fill the whole earth and will and is unstoppable in the last days.
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