The Mormon church announced Wednesday their president, Thomas Monson, died Tuesday at the age of 90 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Monson served as the 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) since 2008, according to Reuters. Members of the church believed that as president Monson was also a prophet to whom God would give divine revelations. The announcement of his death garnered an outpouring of reactions and remembrances from various Mormon politicians, according to Fox13.
President Monson was among the greatest men I have ever known. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark. Countless were the lives he touched as a prophet, father, and friend. Today, I join millions across the globe in mourning his passing. #LDSChurch #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) January 3, 2018
Monson served 45 years as an apostle of the LDS church and subsequently served as counselor to three successive church presidents. He also served as a General Authority and a member of the Qorum of the 12, during which he oversaw LDS overseas missions in Europe, including behind the Iron Curtain. Monson took an integral role in supervising the church’s humanitarian and development projects and the expansion of their welfare program. He was set apart as president on Feb. 3, 2008, following the death of president Gordon B. Hinckley.
“I tried my best,” Monson, at age 70, said he would like to be remembered, according to Church News.
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