Monson Was A Highly Private Figure With A Diversity of Policies
The president and prophet of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson, died on Tuesday night. He was the 16th president of the Mormon Church. He had been president for 9 years.
He was known as a mostly private leader. He only held one press conference at the beginning of rising to the leadership occasion. He was a traditionalist that was known for strong storytelling, mostly about growing up in his native Salt Lake City and receiving visions from the Holy Spirit for his calling.
He had a mixture of different policies that had a mixture of reactions. Monson did lower the age of missionaries from 21 to 19. This both increased the number of missionaries, but also the number of female missionaries. While Monson was relatively silent about the ordaining of women, he seemed to take a more active role in diminishing rights of the Mormon LGBT community. He helped organize resistance to California’s proposition against gay marriage and ruled that children of LGBT Mormons cannot be baptized. Because the Mormon faith is also tied deeply into a family, this meant a severing of family ties.
He also created more conciliation for historical tragedies. Monson called for introspection for Mormonism support of slavery and promotion of polygamy.
Experts have said that is unclear how much of a leadership role Monson had in more recent years, which could account for his lack of public role.
The likely successor is Russell M. Nelson, a former heart surgeon.