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Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon Church in U.S., dead at 90

Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon Church in U.S., dead at 90
From CBC - January 3, 2018

Thomas Monson, leader of the Mormon Church, has died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the church said on Wednesday. He was 90.

Monson became the 16thpresident of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the religion is officially known, in 2008. As its leader, members of the faith considered him a prophet who received divine revelations.

Monson died late on Tuesday surrounded by his family, the church said in a statement on its website.

Mormons worship Jesus, believing in a "restored" church, with living apostles and prophets. They believe in the Bible, as well as an additional book of scripture, the Book of Mormon.

"President Monson had all the hallmarks of an unassuming servant of the Lord," the church statement said.

The church, which was formally organized in 1830 in Upstate New York, reported last year to have 15.8 million members worldwide. According to census and other surveys, there are over six million who identify as Mormon in the U.S., including2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the state's longtime Senator Orrin Hatch and actor Katherine Heigl.

According to the 2010 census, the 6.1 million membership in the U.S. represented a 45 per cent increase from the last census survey 10 years earlier. Based on the census, the LDS Church is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S., and a 2014 Pew Research study on religion found that Utahns, where 62 per cent identify as Mormon, had the highest reported rate of weekly church attendance of all states.

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