Friday , January 12, 2018 - 11:06 AM
Thousands of people line up outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center in Salt Lake City ahead of President Thomas S. Monson's funeral service on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
Thousands of church members are expected to attend the funeral, with a maximum of 21,000 seats available in the Conference Center. The church reported a large turnout of members and patrons who attended Monson’s viewing on Thursday.
Following the Monson’s death, people worldwide began sharing condolences and tributes to the LDS Church’s prophet, including local, state and national leaders as well as members of other faiths.
Monson’s tenure as the 16th president of the church began in 2008. He was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963. He was 36 years old at the time, putting among the youngest to be called, according to Monson’s biography.
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An obituary posted on the church’s website lists some of Monson’s many contributions during his presidency, including in 2012 when he lowered the age requirements for missionaries, from 19 to 18 for men and from 21 to 19 for women.
Monson was also known for popularizing the phrase “to the rescue” in the church. Originally, he used the words during a priesthood session talk during the 2001 General Conference, when it told a parable of men rowing into stormy seas to rescue a drowning man while the man’s family waited on the shore.