First Presidency counselors Eyring and Urchtdorf say Monson's legacy will live on

First Presidency counselors Eyring and Urchtdorf say Monson's legacy will live on

Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said Monson died at 10:01 his home with family.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a creed known as "The Articles of Faith" which outline our most basic beliefs in 13 categories.

As president of the almost 16 million-member religion, Monson was considered a prophet who led the church through revelation from God in collaboration with two top counselors and members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Joseph Smith, the church's 19th-century founder, was the first president.

Monson spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils - making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons. They believe in the Bible, as well as an additional book of scripture, the Book of Mormon.

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.

Born in Salt Lake City in 1927, he served in the US Navy near the close of World War II, according to his church biography.

Upon death, a Mormon president is succeeded by the head of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a post now held by Russell Nelson, 93.

Before being chosen to join the faith's governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Monson worked for the church's secular businesses, primarily in advertising, printing and publishing including the Deseret Morning News.

The New York Times reports that although Monson increased the number of women missionaries in the church, he held strong on rebuffing demands to ordain women as priests and refused to alter church opposition to same-sex marriage. His wife, Frances Monson, passed away in 2013.

President Monson is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and many great grandchildren. That position is now held by 93-year-old Russell Nelson.

Despite softening his rhetoric against LGBTQ people, Monson was also responsible for banning baptisms for children living with gay parents, and instituting a requirement that those children had to officially disavow homosexual relationships before being allowed to serve a mission with the LDS church - an important right of passage within the religion. If he elects not to keep Monson's two counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter Uchtdorf, they would go back to being regular members of the Quorum. That is always reserved for the longest-tenured member of the Quorum. Nelson has served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve since July 2015. He delivered two brief sermons at the Church's twice-annual General Conference in April 2017, according to the Tribune, and skipped the October conference.

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