Mormon President Thomas Monson dies at the age of 90
Mormon President Thomas Monson dies at the age of 90
13 January, 2018, 07:33
Monson had been at the helm of the 16 million-member Mormon church for almost a decade and will be remembered as much for his personal ministry as for his aversion to grand pronouncements.
Mormon church leader Thomas Monson has died, the church announced Wednesday from its Salt Lake City headquarters.
Under Monson, the Mormon Church declared same-sex couples "apostates", meaning they were subject to excommunication.
The BBC reports that he became the 16th president of the LDS Church in 2008.
President Nelson has already used his position as the church's senior apostle to endorse the teachings of President Monson as divinely inspired.
He had served since April 2008 as 16th president of what is formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark.
Under Monson's aegis, the Church's threefold mission - proclaim the gospel, flawless the saints, and redeem the dead - was bolstered by a fourth, "outreach to the poor and less fortunate", Stuart Reid, a former state legislator, told The Salt Lake Tribune.
"I was saddened to learn that President Thomas Monson has passed away", Hughes said in a statement.
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He added, "While I will miss President Monson, I am sure he had a happy reunion with his wife, Frances". During his first year, the church backed California's Proposition 8, the ballot measure that defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman. The change increased the number of full-time missionaries and spawned almost 60 new missions, according to a Salt Lake Tribune article. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his three children and the rest of the Monson family", he said.
Monson became a church bishop when he was just 22, and at age 36 became the youngest apostle in Mormon church history.
Monson's successor is expected to be announced after Monson's funeral on January 12, the church said.
"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".
The Mormon church was founded in 1830 in upstate NY by Joseph Smith, who claimed he was visited by God and Jesus while praying in a grove of trees and was called to found the church.
"President Monson's values also guided the LDS Church, and set a high moral standard, as to how we will treat immigrants and refugees both inside and outside our borders". Nelson has served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve since July 2015. "How will they balance the new president?"
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