Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon church, has died

Mormon Land’ special edition The life and legacy of Thomas S. Monson — from a strict gay policy to a Scouting split and younger missionaries

Mr Nelson is the next longest-serving member of the church's governing Quorum of the Twelve Apostle.

The most recent president, Thomas Monson died at the age of 90. He was our prophet, our leader, our brother, and our dear friend.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that they were saddened by the passing of President Monson. The BBC reports that he became the 16th president of the LDS Church in 2008. After a tiring search, he decided that joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the best decision for him.

Followers of the fast-growing religion believe that their leader is a prophet who receives divine revelations, and regard the highest-ranking members of the faith as living apostles.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences on Wednesday.

The church was formally organized in 1830 in Upstate New York.

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"Considered a prophet by the almost 16 million members of the LDS Church, his message was one of optimism, forgiveness, and faith", Trump said.

During his tenure, the church faced intense public scrutiny as it dealt with questions on same-sex marriage, same-sex couples and baptising their children.

Romney said in a statement that he'll remember Monson's compassion for the downtrodden.

Monson, born August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, made his biggest change in the church in October 2012, lowering the age of full-time missionaries, from 19 to 18 for young men and from 21 to 19 for young women. Herbert says Monson's life was "a sermon of service", adding that "he cared about all people as children of God". His influence for good will be felt for years to come.

"President Monson played a key role in deepening Jewish-Mormon relations", said Marans. His father worked in the printing industry, and as a young man Tom developed an interest in pigeons, which he raised and trained throughout his life. Beck recalled Monson's kindness and humility.

There were maybe 30 to 40 people at the party, and I had no idea that the prophet of the church, and other top leaders, were going to be there.

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Monson inspired him when he was a young man, Dehlin said, and he was "clearly committed and dutiful to his faith/church". "Thomas S. Monson does those things because they are what his Savior would have done". "My prayers and the prayers of many others are with him and his family today".

Monson sought to spread a Mormon message of charity at a pivotal time in the faith's history.

Monson, who was born in Salt Lake City, on August 21, 1927, served as the 16th president since February 3, 2008. We have lost a dedicated partner to the Capital City and he will be missed.

Monson was also an ardent football fan, NBC affiliate KSL reported, particularly of the University of Michigan Wolverines.

The funeral services will be broadcast live via MormonNewsroom.org, LDS.org (English, Spanish, and Portuguese), KSL TV, the KSL TV app, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYUtv Eleven, BYUtv International, Mormon Channel, Canal Mormón (Spanish) and on the Church satellite system.

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