Leader of locally-founded Church of Latter Day Saints dies

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Monson turned into the sixteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as the religion is formally known - in 2008.

Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who was considered a prophet by its followers, died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, due to natural causes in his home in Salt Lake City.

During his tenure as the president of the church and after more than five decades as a Mormon apostle-one of 12 that form one of the highest governing bodies of the faith-Monson was at the center of seismic shifts in doctrine. The announcement of his death garnered an outpouring of reactions and remembrances from various Mormon politicians, according to Fox13.

The leader of the Mormon Church, Thomas Monson, has died at the age of 90.

But ex-Naval officer Monson also sparked controversy after announcing in 2015 that gay Mormons would be branded "apostates" and excommunicated from their church. Mormons believe that the president of their church is a living prophet who receives revelations from God.

Monson's letter has been read repeatedly in Mormon churches, and opponents of the forthcoming initiative have credited LDS members with giving the Yes on 8 camp an edge in donations and volunteers. They are survived by three children, with eight grandchildren and "many great-grandchildren", according to MormonNewsroom.org.

Recently, Monson also spoke out as an advocate for helping the homeless around Salt Lake as the city grappled with the growing population. Beck recalled Monson's kindness and humility.

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Throughout his life, Monson was an avid fisherman who also raised homing pigeons, specifically, roller pigeons who twirled as they flew.

Although many years had gone by since his 85 widows had passed away, he filled his life with dedicated service; loyal to the end of his life to friends he met early on in life or in later years.

Despite his heavy load of religious assignments, Dibb's told News4Utah in his healthier years you could find Monson on any given day walking the halls of nursing homes in Salt Lake City.

The church said his death was due to his age. In this situation, that would be President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who served as Monson's two counselors since he assumed the Prophet role in 2008.

The number of missionaries grew by 37 percent the following year after Monson altered the minimum age requirement.

The second-longest serving apostle will be designated as the new president of the Quorum of the Twelve after the reorganization of the First Presidency.

The next president has not been named yet, but based on this information the job is expected to go to Nelson.

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