The Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints
A Bishop is a leader of
His congregation (parish) is called a Ward.
The most senior Apostle, Thomas S. Monson, is the Prophet and President of the Church. He selects two other Apostles to be his counselors, and together they form the
The Twelve Apostles form
The Quorum of the Twelve and are the second highest governing body.
They oversee the entire Church along with the First Presidency.
All the Apostles are
Special Witnesses of Jesus Christ.
They travel throughout the world proclaiming the gospel as well as teaching and encouraging vast church memberships and
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is founded upon the same organizational structure as
A Stake President is a leader of a group of wards. 'Stake' is a term found in the
Old Testament which refers to imagery of
a tent (church) being supported by stakes.
Bishops and Stake Presidents have significant local autonomy. They are unpaid and donate substantial time and effort to administer
to the needs of the members and non members
under their care.
To help meet the needs of ward members, members themselves are asked to help by serving in auxiliary organizations such as working with the youth,
or teaching a Sunday School class. All service in the church is unpaid and duties are occasionally rotated.
Seventies trace their origin to the New Testament. They are leaders who assist the Twelve Apostles. They are called to live in various locations around the world, working and serving the people and church. Each Quorum of the Seventy may have up to 70 members.
QUORUM OF THE
Prophets are Ordained by God to be His authority on earth. They hold the keys of the Priesthood, which is God's power here on earth, allowing them to bless the lives of others.
Old Testament Prophets testified of the coming of Jesus Christ. Modern day prophets continue to testify of Jesus Christ, and along with all Christians, Mormons look forward to our Savior's Second Coming.
Prophets receive special instructions from God for the people they lead. God gives us Laws and Commandments to follow. When we follow these commandments, it allows God to bless us.
Prophets are the mouthpiece of God and receive revelation from Him for His children here on earth. God does not change, yet circumstances on earth sometimes do. God uses His Prophets to give His people commandments and counsel on how to live so that they can find happiness among earth's trials and tribulations.
The church of Jesus Christ was restored to earth along with the keys of authority through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God, called to lead Christ's church on the earth today.
Why would God leave us alone in today's troubled world with no new revelation?
In Old Testament times, He would send Prophets to lead the people when things became turbulent...
In today's world full of calamities, violence, disease, wickedness,
and hunger, the Lord has not left us alone without guidance. There is a prophet on the earth today,
Russell M. Nelson.