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"Then [Lee] said, ‘I know that ward, since as a very young man I presided over the Pioneer Stake. In that particular ward, the bishop in one year gains the equivalent experience of five years in any other ward. Therefore, Brother Monson has had 25 years’ experience as a bishop.’ "
Monson said, "The Union Pacific man said, ‘Oh, I understand.’ I don’t know whether he understood or not, but let me say that I did."
About Mormon bishops
“A bishop is the leader of a local congregation (known as a ward) with duties similar to those of a pastor, priest or rabbi. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this position is unpaid.
“Each bishop is assisted by two counselors. Together, this bishopric oversees the spiritual and social needs of their ward members.”
Many current apostles have not been bishops, but did serve as bishop’s counselors, members of high councils, in stake presidencies, as stake presidents (over a number of Mormon congregations) and mission presidents.
Members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who have been bishops, according to online and Church Almanac biographies, are Monson, Henry B. Eyring, M. Russell Ballard, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook and D. Todd Christofferson.
Those among such high leaders whose biographies did not include service as bishops are Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, Richard G. Scott and Neil L. Andersen.
Some of the positions held by those leaders who never were bishops include mission president, stake president, bishop’s counselor, stake president’s counselor, regional representative, general Sunday School president, supervisor of LDS seminaries and institutes of religion, and in the Presidency of the Seventy.
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