The leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils, making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons.
The Utah Jazz have announced that they will honor the late President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thomas S. Monson with a moment of silence prior to tonight's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Monson had served as president of the Mormon church since 2008. The announcement of his death garnered an outpouring of reactions and remembrances from various Mormon politicians, according to Fox13.
Monson became the LDS Church's 16th president in 2008 but had been seen publicly only a handful of times in the past year, scaling back his duties significantly as his health declined.
In 2012, the church also faced numerous questions amid prominent Mormon Mitt Romney's presidential run.
Mormon Counselor Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in a release that "he was a member of the Church everyone could relate to and everyone could feel comfortable in his presence".
During his tenure, the church faced intense public scrutiny as it dealt with questions on same-sex marriage, same-sex couples and baptising their children.
"I think people are more curious who will be called as those counselors because there are a lot of factors that are gonna come into play there", Scott said.
He pointed out Monson was "embraced various humanitarian causes, reached out to the less fortunate, found time to visit the sick, valued transparency, lived a selfless life, and never shied away from acts of kindness and charity".
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop said he was "heartened by the belief that his passing leads to a divine reunion with his wife, Frances".
After the rule change, protesters staged a mass resignation from the Mormon Church at its headquarters in Salt Lake City, while others filed their own paperwork to leave the Church privately.
Condolences also came in from Arizona Sen. Service was his motto and humility his hallmark.
The church said his death was due to his age.
He also created more conciliation for historical tragedies.
His successor has not yet been named, but is widely expected to be Russell M. Nelson.
Nelson will be formally appointed most likely after a funeral is held for Monson on January 12.
Being one of the president's two counselors doesn't push them to the front of the line to become the next president.
The church leader led the Mormon faith's involvement in the passage of the gay marriage ban in California in 2008 and lowered the minimum age for missionaries from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women.