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Mormon church's all-male hierarchy is steeped in tradition
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church on Saturday announced the selections of two new members of a top governing body during a twice-yearly conference that is the first since new church president Russell M. Nelson in January assumed the highest seat in a well-defined leadership hierarchy. Here's a closer look at the leadership structure and how new members are chosen: ___ WHO LEADS THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS? A president and his two top counselors who form what is known as the "first presidency." They come from a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which sits below the first presidency and helps set church policy and oversees the faith's business interests.