LDS Community Mourns Passing of Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, dies at 90

Mormons are honoring church leader Thomas S. Monson after his death at age 90 on Tuesday night.

The LDS church, known by many as the Mormon church has almost 16-million members around the world. According to his bio on the church's website, Monson served as a Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church since November 10, 1985, and on March 12, 1995, he was set apart as First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley. The announcement of his death garnered an outpouring of reactions and remembrances from various Mormon politicians, according to Fox13. He was viewed as a steady hand at a time when the church came under scrutiny during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Mormon Mitt Romney.

Monson worked in the church for most of his life. Mormon presidents serve for life.

Monson's letter has been read repeatedly in Mormon churches, and opponents of the forthcoming initiative have credited LDS members with giving the Yes on 8 camp an edge in donations and volunteers. Survivors include three children, Thomas Monson, Ann Dibb and Clark Monson; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. "In one of the many Salt Lake City rest homes he has come to know so intimately, he found one of his ward members, alone and silent in the darkened room of a world made even darker by the onset of blindness". Zed called Monson "a great humanitarian who collaborated with other religions/denominations worldwide on programs aimed at improving the human condition".

Perhaps best-known for his breakout role in Napoleon Dynamite, actor Jon Heder was raised Mormon and spent two years of his life serving a mission in Japan.

He added, "While I will miss President Monson, I am sure he had a happy reunion with his wife, Frances".

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Monson died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 90.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was grateful for Monson's service and legacy. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark.

He also created more conciliation for historical tragedies.

Once Nelson assumes the presidency, that distinction will fall to 85-year-old Dallin H. Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court Justice who was named to the quorum in May 1984, one month after Nelson.

Nelson will be formally appointed most likely after a funeral is held for Monson on January 12. Nelson has served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve since July 2015. "How will they balance the new president?" At the time, the church announced Monson was starting to feel the "effects of advancing age".

The man expected to take Monson's seat, the 93-year-old Nelson, has been a church apostle since April 1984.

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