(RNS) — With the recent death of its prophet and president Thomas S. Monson, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will name a new “prophet, seer and revelator.”

But scholars and church members don’t expect a new direction for the church with a new president — universally expected to be Russell M. Nelson, most senior member of the church’s leadership council, called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

That’s the “temperament” of the 16 million-member church, popularly known as the Mormons, according to Max Perry Mueller, author of “Race and the Making of the Mormon People” and an assistant

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