Thursday, 05 December, 2019


Thomas Monson, President of Mormon Church, Dies at 90

Thomas Monson, President of Mormon Church, Dies at 90 Thomas Monson, President of Mormon Church, Dies at 90
Bennie Garza | 06 January, 2018, 16:35

After news of the death of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' president and prophet Thomas S. Monson on January 2, the following statement was released by President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

The LDS church, which started in 1830 in New York State, reported previous year to have almost 16 million members worldwide, with more than half outside the United States.

Monson became the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2008, and oversaw the religion's church and business operations helped by two top counselors and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Nelson has served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve since July 2015. As its leader, members of the faith considered him a prophet who received divine revelations.

The church was founded in 1830 in upstate NY and past year was reported to have 15.8 million members all over the world, including the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former MA governor Mitt Romney and the actress Katherine Heigl.

The Mormon Church, as the LDS is also known, also faced "some of the most intense public scrutiny in its history" under Monson's decade-long tenure as the church's senior figure, the Tribune wrote, including the rise of a Mormon president candidate - former MA governor Mitt Romney - and a controversial decision on marriage equality that saw same-sex couples excommunicated from the Church. His presidency was marked by his noticeably low profile during a time of intense publicity for the church, including the 2008 and 2012 campaigns of Mormon Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination.

Monson's legacy will be tied to the religion's efforts to hold tight to its opposition of same-sex marriage while encouraging members to be more open and compassionate toward gays and lesbians as acceptance for LGBT people increased across the county. However, the next president has not officially been named yet. The church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will make that decision and announcement in the coming days.

This habit started when Monson was young, LDS author and historian Heidi Swinton biographer told Salt Lake television station KSTU-TV.

Born and raised in the Mormon-stronghold of Salt Lake City, Monson served in the Navy during World War II and spent a year overseas before returning to the United States to get a business degree at the University of Utah and a master's degree in business administration from the church-owned Brigham Young University. Age-related limitations caused the absence, the church said.

During his tenure, Monson ushered in some major changes to Mormon church policy. The Salt Lake Tribune said the move dramatically boosted the number of missionaries and spawned almost 60 new missions worldwide.

The church said on its website that in addition to his life-long dedication to the Mormon faith, Monson was reported to have had a "broad business background" as well, having led a successful career in the church-affiliated publishing industry.

Prominent Utah officials issued tweets mourning Monson's death.

Mormon public figures paid tribute to Monson on Twitter, including former Congressman Jason Chaffetz and Sen.

The office of Sen. Orrin Hatch, who said of Monson, "Service was his motto and humility his hallmark". He was our prophet, our leader, our brother, and our dear friend. "Today, I join millions across the globe in mourning his passing".

President Monson is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. Frances died in 2013 at the age of 85.

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