Global Leadership of the Church

Jesus Christ is at the head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Prophet and the other Apostles and General Authorities, General Officers, and other leaders of the Church seek revelation from God as they serve, teach, and lead the Church’s millions of members around the world.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints follows the same pattern as the church that Jesus Christ established during His mortal ministry, restored in modern times. He remains the head of the Church and directs His chosen servants as they lead.

The leaders of the worldwide Church are known as General Authorities and General Officers. General Authorities include the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Presidency of the Seventy, General Authority Seventies, and the Presiding Bishopric. General Officers include the General Presidencies of the Relief Society, Primary, Sunday School, Young Women, and Young Men organizations.

The First Presidency is the highest governing body of the Church. Along with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, members of the First Presidency are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. They seek the Lord’s guidance as they oversee the affairs of the Church.

General Authority Seventies, General Officers, Area Presidencies, and other Church leaders likewise seek divine guidance as they love and serve specific groups of Church members throughout the world.

Download a chart of General Authorities and General Officers of the Church.

First Presidency

Jesus Christ leads His Church through a prophet, who acts as the President of the Church, and two or three Apostles who are called to be the prophet’s counselors. This group is known as the First Presidency, and it is the highest governing body of the Church.

First Presidency 2018 Official Portraits Photography

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the second-highest presiding body in the government of the Church. Its members travel the world as special witnesses of the name of Christ and serve under the direction of the First Presidency.

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 2018

Presidency of the Seventy

The Presidency of the Seventy is a group of seven General Authority Seventies who lead the Quorums of the Seventy. They are called by the First Presidency, and they work under direction from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Unlike other presidencies in the Church, the Presidency of the Seventy is not made up of a president and two counselors. Instead, it consists of seven presidents, with the most experienced member of the presidency acting as the presiding member.

Presidency of the Seventy

Quorum of the Seventy

General Authority Seventies—sometimes known simply as Seventies—are Church leaders who assist the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Like the Quorum of the Twelve, they travel widely to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. They also support and train Church leaders and assist in directing missionary work, humanitarian aid, temple building, family history, and other Church efforts.
Quorums of the Seventy

Presiding Bishopric

The Presiding Bishopric is a council of three men who work under the direction of the First Presidency. They manage such matters as humanitarian aid, welfare programs, tithing and fast offerings, physical facilities, and the organization of membership records, among others. They also travel frequently to minister to Church members around the world.

Presiding Bishopric Group Portrait

Relief Society General Presidency

The Relief Society General Presidency is called to lead the Relief Society, the Church’s organization for women, which has millions of members worldwide. The presidency is composed of a president, who is called by the President of the Church, and two counselors. These three women travel around the world to visit, teach, and minister to the women of the Church. They also counsel with other general Church leaders to strengthen the women of the Church and their families.

General Relief Society Presidency, 2017

Young Women General Presidency

The Young Women organization promotes growth and development in young women through Sunday instruction and weekday activities. The Young Women General Presidency, which directs this organization for the whole Church, consists of a president and two counselors. These three women are responsible for supporting young women ages 12 to 18 as they serve in the Church and prepare to make temple covenants. Members of the Young Women General Presidency travel frequently to minister to Church members around the world and to strengthen the young women of the Church.

Young Women General Presidency, 2018

Primary General Presidency

The Primary is an organization for children ages 18 months to 11 years. It teaches them about the gospel of Jesus Christ and helps them build faith. The Primary General Presidency, which directs the Primary for the whole Church, consists of a president and two counselors. These three women work to strengthen children and families throughout the Church. Members of the Primary General Presidency travel frequently to meet with and teach Primary leaders and children throughout the world. They counsel with other general and local Church leaders to teach, serve, and watch over the children and families of the Church.

Camille N. Johnson, Susan H. Porter, and Amy A. Wright

Sunday School General Presidency

The Sunday School General Presidency is responsible for religious instruction in the Church. The presidency consists of a president and two counselors who travel frequently to minister to Church members around the world, helping them improve religious teaching in Church meetings and in the home. They also work to strengthen members’ commitment to personal and family scripture study and help them increase their faith in Jesus Christ.

Sunday School General Presidency

Young Men General Presidency

The Young Men organization promotes growth and development in young men through Sunday instruction and weekday activities. The Young Men General Presidency, which directs this organization for the whole Church, consists of a president and two counselors. These three men are responsible for supporting young men ages 12 to 18 in the Church as they serve in the Aaronic Priesthood. Members of the Young Men General Presidency travel frequently to minister to Church members around the world and to strengthen the young men of the Church.

Young Men General Presidency, 2020

Area Presidencies

An Area Presidency is a group of three priesthood leaders who oversee the Church in a specific part of the world. They work under the direction of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and they live in the area where they serve.
Africa South Area Presidency

Last Updated On 24 Jun 2021