SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – President Thomas S. Monson, considered a “prophet, seer and revelator” by many faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at the age of 90, a Church spokesperson announced late Tuesday night. Monson died of “causes incident to age,” the Church spokesperson said.
Monson was with family at the time of his passing.
Thomas S. Monson was born in Salt Lake City on August 21st, 1927 and grew up on the city’s westside near 5th South.
As a young man he saved a girl from drowning in the Provo River. He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Utah in 1948 with a degree in business management.
In 1948, he and Frances Beverly Johnson were married. He was called to be an LDS Bishop when he was just 22 years old.
About 10 years later, he was called to be the president of the Church’s Canadian Mission. He took a leave from his employment and he and his wife served three years in Canada.
Shortly after he returned to Salt Lake City, he was named general manager of the Deseret Press. On October 3, 1963, he got a phone call at work from the LDS Church President David O. McKay. A few hours later he was called to be an apostle.
A few days later he was ordained as an apostle along with Joseph Fielding Smith, Howard W. Hunter, Gordon B. Hinckley.
Monson was just 36 years old and the young apostle was put to work right away.
He was named chairman of adult correlation committee, advisor for young men and women organizations, an area supervisor for missionary work in the western United States and he began traveling and ministering all over the world.
After 45 years as a General Authority, in 2008, he was ordained the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Since his presidency, 30 LDS temples have opened, including five in Utah: Draper, Oquirrh Mountain, Payson, Brigham City and Provo City. Another 27 have been announced or are under construction.
The LDS Church has also grown from 13 and half million to over 15 and half million members during the past 9 years.
Monson’s wife, Frances, passed away in 2013.
A few years later President Monson would begin showing signs of aging. He had trouble with a couple of his talks during the Church’s General Conference and then began to reduce the number of times he spoke in these sessions.
Despite his ailments, those in the LDS faith say he was still their prophet and still guiding their Church until his passing.
A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Monson’s funeral.
Church officials announced President Monson will be laid to rest Friday, January 12.