ABOUT THE CHURCH
President dies: Mormons are mourning the recent death of 97-year-old LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley. Few Christian leaders would be as revered as Hinckley was among Mormons. Thousands of mourners attended his funeral in Salt Lake City. Thomas S. Monson succeeds him, becoming the church's 16th president.
Organization: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organizes itself the way it believes Jesus organized his followers: the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles assists the First Presidency; other leaders organized in "seventies" serve throughout the world (as Jesus appointed 70 others to go ahead of him).
Local congregations: Larger ones are called wards; smaller ones are branches. Wards and branches are arranged geographically into stakes, led by a stake president. Seven stakes are based in Minnesota, representing 75 congregations. Most are in the metro area, although there are stakes in Duluth and Rochester.
Local leaders: A bishop — essentially, an ordained priest — leads the congregation. (Branch presidents lead smaller congregations.) Bishops earn their own living and are not paid by the church.
Well-known Minnesota Mormons: Twins baseball hall of famer Harmon Killebrew; former General Mills executive Mark Willis.
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