Remembering President Thomas S. Monson

Thursday , January 04, 2018 - 4:30 AM


Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Monson served the church for more than 50 years. At age 36, he became its youngest apostle, then counseled three LDS presidents before becoming the church’s leader in 2008.

No one can describe Monson better than those who loved and admired him, both inside and outside the LDS Church. Here are some of the things they said after his death:

“Thomas S. Monson walked where Jesus walked, lifting the downtrodden, comforting the wounded, healing the sick, brightening the lives of the lonely at heart. More even than his words of strength and inspiration, he will be remembered for the abundance of his love and the overflowing of his compassion for every one of God’s children. Ann and I and our family join the widows and orphans and homeless and countless others who today mourn the life of a true prophet of God and apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

— Mitt Romney (via Twitter)

“For President Monson, the Sermon on the Mount was not just a platitude but a way of life. President Monson was an advocate of unity and believed in the goodness of each person. He embraced people regardless of faith, seeing in them the image of Jesus. His was a ‘human’ touch of kindness and dignity that will long be treasured. We join in prayer with the LDS faithful at this difficult time.”

— Rev. Oscar Solis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

"He was a kind person with a calming voice, a strong leader for his church and a prophet who personally reached out to individual members. I will always appreciate the LDS Church’s generous dedication to interfaith ministries under his presidency and throughout his many years of devoted service. I call upon the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah to join with me in prayer for President Monson’s family and the good people of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

— The Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah

"President Monson played a key role in deepening Jewish-Mormon relations. I'm a great believer that by working together we eliminate the weakness of one standing alone and substitute the strength of many standing together."

— Rabbi Noam Marans, American Jewish Committee

“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. He emulated Christ in every particular, helping all of us draw closer to God by drawing all of us closer to each other. I’m so grateful for the life of my dear friend and for the example he left for everyone to follow.”

— Sen. Orrin Hatch

“He was a man of God, a friend to all, and one who truly lived what he preached. Thank you, #PresidentMonson, for your legacy of Christlike love and service.”

— Donny Osmond (via Twitter)

Today, we join with those who celebrate the life of President Thomas S. Monson, a Christlike man who truly lived his faith. We will miss his kindness, humility and compassion.

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