When the prophet dies, the senior apostle (the apostle who has been in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the longest) becomes the next LDS Church President. When Joseph Smith was martyred Brigham Young became the next prophet and LDS Church President. He led the saints to the Salt Lake Valley, which later became known as Salt Lake City, Utah.
When Brigham Young died, the senior Apostle was John Taylor and he became the third LDS Church President. Each new President selects two worthy men to be his counselors; together they form the First Presidency. Learn more about living prophets and apostles as well as ancient prophets.
LDS Church Presidents
|6||Joseph F. Smith||1901-1918|
|7||Heber J. Grant||1918-1945|
|8||George Albert Smith||1945-1951|
|9||David O. McKay||1951-1970|
|10||Joseph Fielding Smith||1970-1972|
|11||Harold B. Lee||1972-1973|
|12||Spencer W. Kimball||1973-1985|
|13||Ezra Taft Benson||1985-1994|
|14||Howard W. Hunter||1994-1995|
|15||Gordon B. Hinckley||1995-2008|
|16||Thomas S. Monson||2008-present|