Council on the Disposition of the Tithes

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The Council on the Disposition of the Tithes (also known as the Council on the Disposition of Tithing) is a leadership body in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), composed of the First Presidency, the Presiding Bishopric, and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The Council determines how tithing funds of the church will be spent. The Council oversees revenue, investments and expenditures valued at billions of dollars per year. While the LDS Church produces an annual report and employs an independent auditing department which reviews the financial activities of the church,[1] it has not published full financial reports since 1959.

This council was established by church founder Joseph Smith on July 8, 1838.[2]

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As of January 2018:

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Russell M. Nelson
(1924-09-09) September 9, 1924 (age 93)
17th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14) – present
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03)[3][4] – January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Spencer W. Kimball, April 7, 1984 (1984-04-07) – January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Spencer W. Kimball, April 12, 1984 (1984-04-12)

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Dallin H. Oaks
(1932-08-12) August 12, 1932 (age 85)
First Counselor in the First Presidency, called by Russell M. Nelson, January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14) – present
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
(with M. Russell Ballard as Acting President), January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14) – present
LDS Church Apostle, called by Spencer W. Kimball, May 3, 1984 (1984-05-03) – present
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Spencer W. Kimball, May 3, 1984 (1984-05-03) – January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
A former professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, a former president of Brigham Young University, and a former justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Member, Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System; Chairman, CES Executive Committee of the Board.

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Henry B. Eyring
(1933-05-31) May 31, 1933 (age 85)
Second Counselor in the First Presidency, called by Russell M. Nelson, January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)
First Counselor in the First Presidency, called by Thomas S. Monson, February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03) – January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
Second Counselor in the First Presidency, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06) – January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 6, 1995 (1995-04-06)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Ezra Taft Benson, October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03) – April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called by Robert D. Hales, April 1, 1985 (1985-04-01) – October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
Was President of Ricks College from 1971 to 1977. First Vice Chairman, Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System.

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Gérald Caussé
(1963-05-20) 20 May 1963 (age 55)
Presiding Bishop, called by Thomas S. Monson, 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called by Gary E. Stevenson, 31 March 2012 (2012-03-31) – 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) – 31 March 2012 (2012-03-31)

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Dean M. Davies
(1951-09-05) September 5, 1951 (age 66)
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called by Gérald Caussé, October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called by Gary E. Stevenson, March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31) – October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)

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W. Christopher Waddell
(1959-06-28) 28 June 1959 (age 58)
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, called by Gérald Caussé, 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, 2 April 2011 (2011-04-02) – 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09)

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M. Russell Ballard
(1928-10-08) October 8, 1928 (age 89)
Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles[5], called by Russell M. Nelson, January 14, 2018 (2018-01-14)[6]
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Spencer W. Kimball, October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Spencer W. Kimball, October 10, 1985 (1985-10-10)
Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Spencer W. Kimball, February 21, 1980 (1980-02-21) – October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Spencer W. Kimball, April 3, 1976 (1976-04-03) – October 6, 1985 (1985-10-06)
Grandson of both Hyrum Mack Smith and Melvin J. Ballard; direct descendant of Joseph F. Smith and Hyrum Smith.

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Jeffrey R. Holland
(1940-12-03) December 3, 1940 (age 77)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Howard W. Hunter, June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Howard W. Hunter, June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Ezra Taft Benson, April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01) – June 23, 1994 (1994-06-23)

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf
(1940-11-06) 6 November 1940 (age 77)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02) – present
Second Counselor in the First Presidency, called by Thomas S. Monson, February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03) – January 2, 2018 (2018-01-02)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02) – February 3, 2008 (2008-02-03)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, 15 August 2002 (2002-08-15) – 2 October 2004 (2004-10-02)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 7, 1996 (1996-04-07) – October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)
Second Quorum of the Seventy, called by Ezra Taft Benson, April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02) – April 7, 1996 (1996-04-07)
Only the eleventh apostle to be born outside the United States. Second Vice Chairman, Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System

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David A. Bednar
(1952-06-15) June 15, 1952 (age 66)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2, 2004 (2004-10-02)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07)
A former president of Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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Quentin L. Cook
(1940-09-08) September 8, 1940 (age 77)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 5, 1998 (1998-04-05) – October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
Second Quorum of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 6, 1996 (1996-04-06) – April 5, 1998 (1998-04-05)

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D. Todd Christofferson
(1945-01-24) January 24, 1945 (age 73)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 10, 2008 (2008-04-10)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15) – April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Ezra Taft Benson, April 3, 1993 (1993-04-03) – April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)

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Neil L. Andersen
(1951-08-09) August 9, 1951 (age 66)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 9, 2009 (2009-04-09)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15) – April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Ezra Taft Benson, April 3, 1993 (1993-04-03) – April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04)

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Ronald A. Rasband
(1951-02-06) February 6, 1951 (age 67)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15) – October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1, 2000 (2000-04-01) – October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)

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Gary E. Stevenson
(1955-08-06) August 6, 1955 (age 62)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
Presiding Bishop, called by Thomas S. Monson, March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31) – October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)

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Dale G. Renlund
(1952-11-13) November 13, 1952 (age 65)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 4, 2009 (2009-04-04) – October 3, 2015 (2015-10-03)

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Gerrit W. Gong
(1953-12-23) December 23, 1953 (age 64)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Russell M. Nelson, March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Russell M. Nelson, April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) – March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, April 3, 2010 (2010-04-03)[7][8] – March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)

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Ulisses Soares
(1958-10-02) October 2, 1958 (age 59)
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, called by Russell M. Nelson, March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
LDS Church Apostle, called by Russell M. Nelson, April 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)
Presidency of the Seventy, called by Thomas S. Monson, January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06) – March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)
First Quorum of the Seventy, called by Gordon B. Hinckley, April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02) – March 31, 2018 (2018-03-31)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Church Auditing Department Report, 2014".
  2. ^ Doctrine and Covenants, section 120:1
  3. ^ With the death of Boyd K. Packer on July 3, 2015, Nelson became the second most senior apostle among the ranks of the church, resulting in him being the de facto President of the Quorum. He was officially set apart in that capacity July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (July 15, 2015). "Russell M. Nelson: New President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles". MormonNewsroom.org. 
  5. ^ Due to quorum president Dallin H. Oaks serving as First Counselor in the First Presidency.
  6. ^ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (January 16, 2018). "President Russell M. Nelson". MormonNewsroom.org. 
  7. ^ Scott Taylor, "Mormon church names new seventies, Primary presidency", Deseret News, 2010-04-04
  8. ^ Hill, Greg (May 1, 2010), "Elder Gerrit W. Gong: 'A nice guy' — A man of faith and learning", Church News, p. 11