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Letter to the Church


17 January 2024

In March 2023, President Stephen M. Veazey invited members and friends into an intentional process to discern the next prophet-president of Community of Christ. In August, President Veazey experienced a health issue that necessitated a medical leave of absence. The remaining members of the First Presidency believed the ongoing discernment process should proceed in accordance with President Veazey’s original plan.

After reviewing succession guidance, scripture, and policies, the First Presidency asked the Council of Twelve Apostles to accept the sacred responsibility of calling the new prophet-president.

The church extends its deep gratitude to the apostles for their willingness to assume leadership in the unfolding discernment. Their stewardship of this sacred responsibility has been faithfully fulfilled on behalf of the church. The following letter from the Council of Twelve Apostles regarding the calling of the next prophet-president is offered to the church for prayerful consideration.

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