Mormons Pay Tribute To LDS Leader Thomas S. Monson

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In the same auditorium where thousands used to rise as Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson entered, a steady stream of mourners filed by his open casket and paid their last respects. Monson, who led the 16-million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Jan. 2 at age 90 after months of declining health. An apostle since 1963, he became president in 2008.MONSON-VIEWING1-011118Overseas visitors and LDS missionaries, along with church headquarters staff, were among the early mourners who attended the viewing on Thursday (Jan. 11) at the church’s 21,000-seat Conference Center, where the church’s biannual general conferences are held, as well as concerts of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.Visitors were escorted in groups of several dozen at a time to a foyer where they could view the open casket in which Monson, dressed in a white suit, white shirt and white tie, lay in repose.Monson was considered a prophet who received revelation from God for the entire LDS Church in an unbroken line of priesthood authority stretching back to its first prophet, Joseph Smith.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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