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SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) — Thomas S. Monson, 90, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday night at his home in Salt Lake City.
Known as an administrator who never lost his personal touch and commitment to the poor and needy during half a century in leadership roles, Monson led the roughly 16 million-member church, popularly known as the Mormons, since February 2008.
LDS - Church - Announcement - Monson - Health
An LDS church announcement said Monson, who had been in declining health for several years, died of “from causes incident to age,” according to a statement from the church. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Monson, who was briefly hospitalized after the church’s April 2017 general conference, had been too frail to attend leadership meetings since May and missed the October general conference as well.
Successor - Monson - Russell - M - Nelson
Although his successor will not be named until after Monson’s funeral, Russell M. Nelson, 93, a cardiothoracic surgeon who was the longest-serving member of the church’s leadership council, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, is expected to become the next “prophet, seer and revelator,” for the church, a role established by Mormon founder Joseph Smith Jr.
President Thomas S. Monson exits a session of the LDS General Conference on April 1, 2017. Courtesy of Intellectual Reserve Inc.
Monson - Presidency - Moves - Announcement - Ages
Monson’s presidency was marked by moves such as a 2012 announcement lowering the ages for young adults to serve missionary terms. The age for men to begin their service dropped from 19 to 18 and for women from 21 to 19. This markedly increased the number of young Mormons serving missions.
Monson was also seen as a leader of the 2008 directive to Mormons in California to support the state’s Proposition 8, a referendum that called for marriage to be defined as only being between a man and a woman. The measure passed at the ballot box...
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