On Saturday, January 13, 2018, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received an invitation through e-mail and social media to attend a special live broadcast from President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The live broadcast will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time and will occur on all church mediums, including internet sites and social media. The broadcast will take place in 29 languages.
The broadcast will be immediately followed by a press conference at 10 a.m. MST.
It is likely both President Nelson’s special announcement and the press conference will touch on matters relating to church leadership. Since the death of President Thomas S. Monson on January 2, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been leading the church as a governing body. During the interim period, the quorum gathers together and determine with the Lord whether they should continue leading as a group or if they should reorganize the First Presidency, which would include setting apart a new prophet.
As the church’s most senior apostle, President Nelson would be expected to be called as the 17th president of the church, based on the current pattern set for succession.
The broadcast is being called “unprecedented” by the media for two reasons. This is the first time a member of the quorum, let alone the senior apostle, announces something before the press conference where changes are normally announced. Traditionally, the managing director of public affairs from the church would announce the leadership changes at the press conference, where the new members of the First Presidency would then speak.
Secondly, the scope of the special broadcast is unlike anything the church has seen before, with all 29 languages being translated live across all of the church’s media channels.