Mormon Church Pres Thomas Monson Dies at 90

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"The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles counsel together and share all the Lord has directed us to understand and to feel, individually and collectively".

A church representative said Monson died of "causes incident to age". His far-reaching and multi-faceted ministry touched the lives of people from all walks of life in remarkable ways. "To his family, we extend our most honest condolences and love". At the recommendation of then-Elder Harold B. Lee, an LDS apostle and later a prophet, Thomas declined a promotion as junior commissioned officer to join the church.

Nelson is likely to be formally named to the post in the coming days under longstanding church protocol created to ensure a smooth handover by giving the post to the longest-tenured member of the governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was our prophet, our leader, our brother, and our dear friend.

For as long as he could visit - well into his later years - President Monson spent his hours making visits, bringing warm greetings, birthday wishes and comfort for heartache or physical ailments to those in need.

"He also served as president of the LDS Church's Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962".

Mormons worship Jesus Christ, and therefore consider themselves to be Christians. Mormons regarded him as a prophet, seer and revelator.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, entertainer Marie Osmond and conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck were among those tweeting memories and condolences Wednesday.

After a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, however, the church adopted new rules stating that Mormons in same-sex marriages would be considered apostates, and that the children of same-sex couples could not be blessed or baptized until age 18. The last youngest, President Joseph Fielding Smith, was ordained at the age of 33 in 1910.

Monson was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for almost a decade and had served in leadership positions for more than 50 years.

Romney said in a statement that he'll remember Monson's compassion for the downtrodden. "I didn't know but what President Hinckley would outlive me".

Most recently, President Donald Trump visited with Mormon church leaders during a visit to Utah, but President Monson was absent. "His life was a sermon of service". He cared about all people as children of God. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark. Today, there are 157 operating temples and 15.9 million members. Monson called for introspection for Mormonism support of slavery and promotion of polygamy. "How ironically sad it would be if we were to treat others as we have been treated", he said.

Thomas Spencer Monson was born on August 21, 1927.

Suddenly President Monson reached his long right arm behind him, put it around me and pulled me into the circle and close to him.

Monson sought to spread a Mormon message of charity at a pivotal time in the faith's history.

Thomas implemented new policies to the church throughout his presidency, but in large part remained out of the public eye with his wife, Frances. "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".

President Monson was ordained as an Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 10, 1963 when he was just 36 years old. "We have lost a dedicated partner to the Capitol City and he will be missed". "I believe his example has helped to ensure Salt Lake City and Utah will always be seen as welcoming places".

Monson's successor is expected to be announced after Monson's funeral on January 12, the church said.

"I'd love going to the airport with my mother to pick up my father from his assignment".

The universities in Utah also marked Monson's passing on social media, as did the church-owned university, BYU-Idaho.

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