FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Russell M. Nelson, right, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, greets members of the Quorum, before the start of the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City. President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 16th president of the Mormon church, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after nine years in office. He was 90. The next president was not immediately named, but the job is expected to go to next longest-tenured member of the church's governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Nelson, per church protocol. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2017, file photo, Russell M. Nelson, right, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, right, greets members of the Quorum, before the start of the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference, in Salt Lake City. President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 16th president of the Mormon church, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, after nine years in office. He was 90. The next president was not immediately named, but the job is expected to go to next longest-tenured member of the church's governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Nelson, per church protocol. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Former surgeon set to become Mormon president

By BRADY McCOMBS The Associated Press
This article was published January 6, 2018 at 3:00 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY -- The man set to become the next Mormon church president is a 93-year-old former heart surgeon whose conservative track record on the religion's leadership panel has led Mormon scholars to predict he won't make any major changes.

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