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Mormon prophet and president dies

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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.
President Monson, who has served as president of the Church since February 2008, leaves behind a legacy of service and good works. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Monson’s funeral.

To the more than 16 million members of the Church around the world, President Monson was an example of one who followed Jesus Christ.
“He loved the cultures of the world, and deeply respected them. And particularly the faith of the people,” said President Henry B. Eyring, who served as first counselor in the First Presidency.
While he served in important Church leadership positions throughout his life, he also ministered quietly to thousands of individuals in homes, hospitals and care centers. “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved,” President Monson taught.
“When I look at his life, he was a member of the Church everyone could relate to and everyone could feel comfortable in his presence,” said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency. “At the same time, when he walked with kings, with prime ministers, with presidents, with representatives of nations, it was the same way. They all felt that he was their friend.”
During his presidency Church membership grew from 13 million to more than 16 million members worldwide, and dozens of new temples were announced and dedicated throughout the world.
President Eyring added, “I don’t think it ever was the idea that he thought himself a great temple builder. It was that he saw the blessing of having temples everywhere, and he wanted it for the people.”
In October 2012, President Monson announced a change to the age requirements for missionaries, which resulted in tens of thousands more missionaries serving throughout the world, impacting the lives of millions.
President Monson dedicated his life to serving in the Church. He became the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008, following the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley. Prior to that, he served as a counselor in the First Presidency under three Church presidents for over 22 years.
“He’s really the one who’s concerned about the rescue of the one,” said President Uchtdorf, who served as President Monson’s second counselor in the First Presidency. “He is one who walked through the world looking for opportunities where he could serve individuals.”
“When Thomas S. Monson came into the First Presidency or when he became the prophet, I don’t think he missed a beat, or changed his style or pattern one iota in terms of reaching out to the one,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said. “It’s still very much his style and his pattern; it has been all of his life.”
Thomas S. Monson was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4, 1963, and ordained an apostle on October 10, 1963, at the age of 36. He also served as president of the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Prior to that time, he served in the presidency of the Temple View Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah, and as a bishop of the Sixth-Seventh Ward in that stake.
Thomas S. 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 did graduate work and served as a member of the College of Business faculty at the University of Utah. He later received his MBA degree from Brigham Young University. In April 1981, Brigham Young University conferred upon President Monson the degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa. He was given the honorary degree doctor of humane letters by Salt Lake Community College in June 1996 and an honorary doctor of business from the University of Utah in May 2007.
President Monson served in the United States Navy near the close of World War II. He married Frances Beverly Johnson on October 7, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of three children, with eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Frances Monson passed away on May 20, 2013. Of her passing, President Monson later said, “She was the love of my life, my trusted confidant, and my closest friend. To say that I miss her does not begin to convey the depth of my feelings.”
Professionally, President Monson had a distinguished career in publishing and printing. He became associated with the Deseret News in 1948, where he served as an executive in the advertising division of that newspaper and the Newspaper Agency Corporation. Later he was named sales manager of the Deseret News Press, one of the West’s largest commercial printing firms, rising to the position of general manager, which position he held at the time of his appointment to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963. He served for many years as chairman of the board of Deseret News Publishing Co. President Monson was president of Printing Industry of Utah and a former member of the board of directors of Printing Industries of America.
Beginning in 1969 President Monson served as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He received Scouting’s highest awards given for extraordinary leadership and service. In 2016, ground was broken at a Scouting facility in Glen Jean, West Virginia for the new Thomas S. Monson Leadership Excellence Complex.
President Monson held membership in the Utah Association of Sales Executives, the Salt Lake Advertising Club and the Salt Lake Exchange Club.
For many years, President Monson served as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents, the body that governs higher education in the state of Utah. He also served as an officer in the Alumni Association of the University of Utah.
In December 1981, President Monson was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives. He served in this capacity until December 1982, when the work of the task force was completed.
President Monson was awarded the University of Utah’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1966. He was also the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award (1971), its prestigious Silver Buffalo Award (1978) and international Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf (1993). In 1997 he received the Minuteman Award from the Utah National Guard, as well as Brigham Young University’s Exemplary Manhood Award. In 1998, he and Sister Monson were each given the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award by the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph Villa.


Profeta y presidente mormón fallece

Thomas S. Monson, Presidente de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días, falleció el 2 de enero, 2018 a la edad de 90 años. El presidente Monson, quien ha prestado servicio como Presidente de la Iglesia desde febrero de 2008, deja atrás un legado de servicio y de buenas obras.
No se espera que el Quórum de los Doce Apóstoles de la Iglesia elija formalmente a su sucesor hasta después del funeral del presidente Monson.
Para los más de dieciséis millones de miembros de la Iglesia en todo el mundo, el presidente Monson fue un ejemplo de alguien que siguió a Jesucristo. Mientras servía en importantes posiciones de liderazgo de la Iglesia a lo largo de su vida, también ministró calladamente a miles de personas en sus hogares, hospitales y centros pare el cuidado de ancianos. “Nunca permitan que el problema que se tenga que resolver llegue a ser más importante que la persona a quien debemos amar”, enseñó el presidente Monson.
Durante su presidencia, el número de miembros creció de trece millones a aproximadamente dieciséis en todo el mundo, y se anunciaron y dedicaron docenas de templos nuevos alrededor del mundo. En octubre de 2012, el presidente Monson anunció un cambio en la edad requerida para servir en una misión, lo cual resultó en decenas de miles de misioneros más que prestan servicio en todo el mundo y que influyen en la vida de millones de personas.
El presidente Monson dedicó su vida a servir en la Iglesia. Llegó a ser el decimosexto presidente de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días el 03 de febrero de 2008, tras la muerte del presidente Gordon B. Hinckley. Previo a eso, sirvió como consejero de la Primera Presidencia bajo tres presidentes de la Iglesia por más de veintidós años.
“Cuando Thomas S. Monson pasó a ser parte de la Primera Presidencia o cuando llegó a ser el Profeta, no creo que haya disminuido su ritmo, ni cambiado su estilo o esquema de trabajo en lo más mínimo en cuanto a tender la mano a cada persona individualmente”, dijo el élder Jeffrey R. Holland, del Quórum de los Doce Apóstoles. “Aún sigue siendo su estilo y su modelo; lo ha sido toda su vida”.
Thomas S. Monson fue sostenido como miembro del Quórum de los Doce Apóstoles el 4 de octubre de 1963 y lo ordenaron apóstol el 10 de octubre de 1963, a la edad de 36 años. También sirvió como presidente de la Misión Canadiense de la Iglesia, con sede en Toronto, Ontario, de 1959 a 1962. Antes de ello, sirvió en la presidencia de la estaca Temple View en Salt Lake City, Utah, y como obispo del Barrio Seis y Siete de esa misma estaca.
Thomas S. Monson nació en Salt Lake City el 21 de agosto de 1927; hijo de G. Spencer Monson y Gladys Condie Monson. Cursó sus estudios en las escuelas públicas de Salt Lake City y se graduó con honores de la Universidad de Utah en 1948, con una licenciatura en Administración de Empresas. Cursó estudios de postgrado y sirvió como docente de la Facultad de Administración de Empresas de la Universidad de Utah. Posteriormente, recibió una Maestría en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Brigham Young. En abril de 1981, la Universidad Brigham Young confirió al presidente Monson el doctorado “honoris causa” en Derecho. Recibió al doctorado honoris causa en Humanidades del Salt Lake Community College en junio de 1996 y un título honorario de Doctor en Negocios de la Universidad de Utah, en mayo de 2007.
El presidente Monson sirvió en la Reserva Naval de los Estados Unidos cerca del final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Se casó con Frances Beverly Johnson el 7 de octubre de 1948, en el Templo de Salt Lake. Tienen tres hijos, ocho nietos y once bisnietos. Frances Monson falleció el 20 de mayo de 2013. De su fallecimiento, el presidente Monson dijo después: “Fue el amor de mi vida, mi compañera leal y mi amiga más cercana. El decir que la extraño no llega a expresar lo profundo de mis sentimientos”.
En el ámbito profesional, el presidente Monson tuvo una distinguida carrera en el campo de la publicación y la imprenta. Comenzó a trabajar para el periódico Deseret News en 1948, en donde sirvió como ejecutivo en la división de publicidad del diario y de la Newspaper Agency Corporation. Posteriormente, fue nombrado Gerente de Ventas de la Deseret News Press, una de las impresoras comerciales más grandes del Oeste; y luego lo ascendieron a Gerente General, posición que ocupaba al momento de su llamamiento al Quórum de los Doce en 1963. Sirvió durante muchos años como presidente de la mesa directiva de Deseret News Publishing Co. El presidente Monson fue presidente de Printing Industry of Utah y miembro de la junta directiva de Printing Industries of America.
A partir de 1969, el presidente Monson sirvió como miembro de la Mesa Directiva Ejecutiva Nacional de los Boy Scouts of America.
El presidente Monson era miembro de las organizaciones Utah Association of Sales Executives, Salt Lake Advertising Club y Salt Lake Exchange Club.
Durante muchos años, el presidente Monson sirvió como miembro del Consejo de Rectores del Estado de Utah, organismo que rige la educación superior del estado de Utah. También sirvió como oficial de la Asociación de exalumnos de la Universidad de Utah.
En diciembre de 1981, el presidente Monson fue nombrado por el presidente Ronald Reagan para servir en el Equipo de trabajo del presidente de los Estados Unidos en las Iniciativas para el Sector Privado. Sirvió en ese cargo hasta diciembre de 1982, cuando se completó el trabajo del equipo operativo.
En 1966, el presidente Monson recibió el Premio al Exalumno Distinguido de la Universidad de Utah. También recibió varios premios de los Boy Scouts of América, entre ellos el Premio Castor de Plata (1971), el prestigioso Premio Búfalo de Plata (1978) y el máximo premio del Escultismo internacional, el Premio Lobo de Bronce (1993). En 1997, recibió el Premio Minuteman de la Guardia Nacional de Utah, así como el Premio a un hombre Ejemplar que le otorgó la Universidad Brigham Young. En 1998, tanto él como su esposa recibieron el premio humanitario de Continuum of Caring que les otorgaron las Hermanas de la Caridad de St. Joseph Villa.


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