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Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints looks on before the start of the morning session of the two-day Mormon church conference Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The LDS Church is expected to announce its new leader

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) is expected to announce a new leader at 9:00 a.m. local time Tuesday morning.

The new president is expected to be 93-year-old Russel M. Nelson.

Former president Thomas S. Monson died at age 90 on January 2.

Nelson served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1984 until being set apart as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by Monson on July 15, 2015.

Nelson is expected to give a message today on a worldwide broadcast to the church's 16 million members. The broadcast begins at 9:00 a.m. local time.

Dr. Phillip Barlow, a University of Utah religious and Mormon studies professor, says Nelson is walking into many challenges as the Church goes forward.

According to Barlow, issues of gender identity and sexual orientation will be among the greatest challenges.

Barlow says members would likely not see a significant change when it comes to the Church's stance on these issues, as well as leadership style.

Our affiliate KUTV contributed to this report.

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