In today's world, many church leaders are getting to be extremely old. Billy Graham is well into his 90's, along with other older leaders. Now, the leader of the Mormon church has passed away at age 90. Thomas S. Monson, the president, and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has died.
It is being reported that Monson died on Tuesday night at around 10:00 PM. He was said to have been surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. We ask you, regardless of your religious beliefs, to please pray for his family during this difficult time.
"Monson had been at the helm of the 16 million-member Mormon church for nearly a decade and will be remembered as much for his personal ministry as for his aversion to grand pronouncements. He was a traditionalist without a bold agenda whose presence as a church leader faded as he aged. In recent years, he remained quiet as the church grappled with issues like ordaining women and baptizing children of gay couples," according to NPR.
Monson was very well liked by members of his church. Many took to social media to mourn his passing after the news broke. For Mormons, Monson was a staple at their general conference meetings where he had given many talks throughout the years.
"On one occasion many years ago I was swimming laps at the old Deseret Gym in Salt Lake City when I felt the inspiration to go to the University Hospital to visit a good friend of mine," Monson said during the October 2012 General Conference. "I later learned from my friend that he had been utterly despondent that day and had been contemplating taking his own life," Monson continued. "I had arrived at a critical moment in response to what I know was inspiration from on high," concluded Monson, telling of how the Holy Spirit worked through him.
The tradition of the Mormon church now puts the senior-most leader as the president. Russel M. Nelson, a former heart surgeon, is set to take over at age 93.
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