More than 21,000 gather to remember life of LDS President Thomas Monson

The funeral for Thomas S. Monson, who had served as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since February 2008, was held Friday at the LDS Church Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

Monson, the 16th president of the church, died Jan. 2 at the age of 90.

According to KSL.com, more than 31,000 people attended Monson’s viewing Thursday while thousands more attended the funeral. An additional 21,000 attended his funeral.

Russell M. Nelson, 93, will be the next president of the LDS church.

“President Monson never sought the limelight,” Nelson said Friday. “In a world now saturated with ‘selfies,’ he modeled selflessness. … He gave his own time to visit, bless, and love others. Even in his waning season, he continued to minister, making frequent visits to hospitals and senior centers.”

Monson was born in Salt Lake City on Aug. 21, 1927. He served in the United States Navy and served on President Ronald Reagan’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives, according to his LDS church biography. Monson was ordained an apostle in 1963 and was a counselor in the First Presidency under three different church presidents.

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