Mormon Church Pres Thomas Monson Dies at 90

Mormon Church Pres Thomas Monson Dies at 90

He was the youngest apostle since 1910.

Recently, Monson also spoke out as an advocate for helping the homeless around Salt Lake as the city grappled with the growing population.

Monson was also considered a "prophet, seer and revelator" by the almost 16 million members of the church. That document was, according to the faith, discovered and translated by church founder and prophet Joseph Smith (1805 - 1844). Under the Utah Compact the the church called for more humane immigration policies.

Testimonials poured in praising the "bear-hugging" Monson's approachable and down-to-earth manner, which he retained even as he rose through the hierarchy of the 16-million-strong Church over the course of his 50 year career.

TV station KSL reported Monson was known for his charity, humor and faith.

As the conversation continued, a crowd of people began gathering around us to hear what he had to say. His speeches at the faith's twice-yearly conferences often focused on parables of human struggles resolved through faith. He helped expand the church's reach through ecumenical charity work and through the construction of Mormon temples from Peru to what was then East Germany, where religious groups faced a frequently hostile communist government.

Below are some inspiring quotes by Monson, courtesy Brainy Quotes.

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

I don't take any delight in Monson's death.

Monson walked where Jesus walked, lifting the downtrodden, comforting the wounded, healing the sick, brightening the lives of the lonely at heart. Jeff Flake and Utah Sen. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark.

According to a statement previously released by the church, the appointment of a new president is viewed by members as a "divinely revealed process" free of internal lobbying. They believe in the Bible, as well as an additional book of scripture, the Book of Mormon.

Monson became a church bishop at the tender age of 22.

I entered a large conference room where the reception was being held and was stunned to see several members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles mingling and shaking hands.

Monson married Frances Beverly Johnson in 1948. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his three children and the rest of the Monson family", he said. "That's who he is, someone whose impact on people is more important than are his calculations or strategies for the church". The church subsequently expanded leadership opportunities for female missionaries, although it continued to bar women from the priesthood. "President Nelson is remarkably healthy", Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for the church, said. His appointment will not be officially named until after Monson's funeral services, out of respect.

Following the death of the president, the First Presidency is automatically dissolved and the two counselors in the First Presidency return to positions of seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Eyring and Uchtdorf served as first and second counselors to Monson, respectively.

The LDS church credits Nelson, along with Elder Dallin H. Oaks, with establishing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in every country in eastern Europe.

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