The World Loses a Great Leader as LDS President Thomas Monson Passes Away


Dear %%FIRST%% — It is with great sadness that I note the passing of a great leader, Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. President Monson devoted a lifetime of service to his Church, and to humanity. He leaves a long legacy of charity, kindness, love and humanitarian acts.

A stalwart champion for the family, President Monson served for more than five decades as an Apostle of the LDS Church. He became President in 2008 and one of his first high-profile responsibilities was to shepherd the LDS Church during the internationally watched, successful Proposition 8 campaign in California that reaffirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Despite facing criticism from radical activists who wished to redefine marriage, President Monson articulated a reasoned, calm, loving understanding of marriage based on scripture, and universal truth. The complementarity of man and woman is an essential element of God's design for humanity, and President Monson's defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman was both principled and honorable.

The National Organization for Marriage sends our deepest respect and heartfelt condolences to President Monson's family and to all the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the passing of this great leader and friend of the family.

May God richly reward his sacrifice and service to his Church, his nation and to humanity.


Brian S Brown

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