Mormon church appoints 93-year-old ex-surgeon as president

President Russell M. Nelson speaks at a church broadcast announcing his new leadership as the faith's president in the wake of the death of President Thomas S. Monson on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church appointed a 93-year-old former heart surgeon Tuesday as its new president, following a longstanding succession plan that aims to keep the faith on course with a minimum of upheaval.

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