President Thomas S. Monson of LDS church dies at 90

Tuesday , January 02, 2018 - 11:48 PM

ANNE CHRISTNOVICH, Standard-Examiner Staff

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced via email Tuesday night that President Thomas S. Monson died at age 90, due to complications related to age. 

“With tender feelings we announce that Thomas S. Monson, president and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died this evening at 10:01 pm in his home in Salt Lake City. He was with family at the time of his passing. He died at age 90 from causes incident to age,” read the news release posted on the Mormon Newsroom website.

Monson’s tenure as the 16th prophet of the church began in 2008. Before that, he was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963. He was 36 years old at the time, putting among the youngest to be called, according to Monson’s biography website.

Monson’s successor will not be chosen until after his funeral, according to Mormonnewsroom.org. The president's health was a topic of concern in October when he did not attend the General Conference. The Standard-Examiner reported then that 93-year-old President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is next in line to become president of the church.

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An obituary posted on the church’s website lists some of Monson’s many contributions during his presidency, including in 2012 when he lowered the age requirements for missionaries, from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women.

Monson was also known for popularizing the phrase “to the rescue” in the church. Originally, he used the words during a priesthood session talk during the 2001 General Conference, when it told a parable of men rowing into stormy seas to rescue a drowning man while the man’s family waited on the shore.

“Amidst the storms of life, danger lurks, and men, like boats, find themselves stranded and facing destruction,” Monson said in the talk.

“Brethren, our task is not insurmountable... We are on the Lord’s errand and therefore we are entitled to the Lord’s help. But we must try.”

His wife, Frances Monson, died in May 2013. They are survived by three children, with eight grandchildren and “many great-grandchildren,” according to MormonNewsroom.org.

From the MormonNewsroom.org: “Monson was born in Salt Lake City on August 21, 1927, to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson. He attended Salt Lake City public schools and graduated cum laude from the University of Utah in 1948, receiving a degree in business management.”

He also got his MBA from Brigham Young University and he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

Monson was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and held membership in the Utah Association of Sales Executives, the Salt Lake Advertising Club and the Salt Lake Exchange Club, according to MormonNewsroom.org.

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