Religion: Awaiting the 13th Prophet

With President Kimball's death, Mormonism enters a new era

By any statistical measure, Spencer W. Kimball's reign as President, Prophet, Seer and Revelator of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was a triumph. During his twelve-year ministry, the Mormon church nearly doubled its world membership (to 5.8 million) and its force of short-term missionaries (to 30,000). He ordered the addition of 31 temples to the 16 that stood when he took charge. Kimball, who had been an invalid for four years, died in Salt Lake City last week at the age of 90. Certain to succeed him is the senior among the church's twelve apostles who govern with...

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