Mormon leader honored at funeral that draws thousands

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Funeral services held for Mormon leader Richard G. Scott.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Thousands of people paid their respects Monday to Mormon leader Richard G. The 86-year-old member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church’s governing body, died last Tuesday of natural causes. “Elder Scott watched over me when I was a new member of the Quorum of the Twelve,” said President Eyring. “He was for me, ever the good shepherd. Monson, said Monday that Scott was an honorable man who loved people, his family and God. “Richard’s pleasant smile opened the hearts of others,” said Monson, speaking to about 2,500 people under the grand, curved ceiling of the Tabernacle on Temple Square. “He was equally at home with the poor and underprivileged as with the rich and the famous.” Scott died Sept. 22 from natural causes at the age of 86. Speakers recalled the way he was defined by the love he had for his late sweetheart Jeanene, by the loss of their two young children and by his deep love for Jesus Christ.

As a Mormon apostle, he was called to be a special witness of Jesus on the earth. “He had a true apostolic witness of Christ as the resurrected Savior,” said his son, Michael. “Let me repeat, he had a true apostolic witness of Christ as the resurrected Savior.” Other speakers described legendary compassion, his purity and the piercing gaze of “those pure eyes” known to Latter-day Saints around the world from the talks he gave at the faith’s semiannual general conferences. Elder Scott was “the most faithful servant of our Heavenly Father,” President Monson added. “He had an insightful mind, a keen intellect and a charitable spirit,” and “He taught us lesson of patience, lessons of courage, lessons of faith and lessons of devotion. Scott taught us both in word and in deed.” “Surely no man ever yearned more for the companionship of a deceased spouse than Richard yearned for Jeanene,” Elder Jeffrey R. Modeled after Jesus Christ’s apostles, the group serves under the church president and his two counselors in overseeing operations of the church and its business interests.

One day, he stopped at a country winery, something that made the missionaries with him in the alcohol-avoiding faith nervous, and came out with a box of what looked like wine. Scott kept a fairly low public profile, known mostly for his speeches at Mormon conferences where he managed a delicate balance of “preaching repentance without stridency,” said Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University.

Mormon scholar Armand Mauss called Scott a “mild-mannered leader promoting self-improvement and compassion as important attributes for Latter-day Saints to acquire.” Utah Gov. He was credited with helping drive global church membership. “I don’t go anywhere, especially in Latin America, where he served for so long and in so many places — I don’t go anywhere there that I don’t see his footprints, where I don’t meet somebody who hasn’t been influenced by him in some way,” Christofferson said in the news release. His final address came in October 2014 when he spoke about the importance of prayer, scripture reading, family home nights and going to the temple. “Each of us is intimately aware of our own struggles with temptation, pain and sadness,” Scott said that day. “Despite all of the negative challenges we have in life, we must take time to actively exercise our faith.”

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