Who will take over the role of Thomas S. Monson?

With the passing of the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the question many now turn to is "Who will lead the worldwide church?".

Elder Russell M. Nelson is now the most senior LDS Apostle and will most likely be ordained the new president of the Church within the coming days.

Nelson would be the 17th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since it's organization on April 6, 1830.

Following the death of a prophet the First Presidency of the Church is dissolved and top LDS leaders will meet to reorganize.

Traditionally, the longest serving apostle becomes the new prophet. President Monson, who had been battling serious health issues for the last few years, stopped attending general meetings with the Church back in May.

Nelson has long encouraged LDS women to speak up and speak out in church meetings and has defended the church's policy against same-sex marriage.

He is expected to be set apart in the coming days as the next prophet and president.

You can find more on the process the Church takes following the passing of their president here.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

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