Top-Ranking Mormon Leader Dies at 86; Was in Governing Body

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Hatch Statement on the Passing of Elder Richard G. Scott.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – In light of the death of Mormon leader Richard G. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Scott had a successful career as a nuclear engineer before being chosen in 1988 as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the senior Republican in the United States Senate, issued the following statement in reaction to the passing of Elder Richard G.

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. His gentle voice invited all who had lost hope, lost their way or wandered far – to come home – home to the faith, family and community that would bring them real peace and lasting joy. Ever in search of the one who was lost – Elder Scott’s words and witness of Jesus Christ served as the lower lights upon the shore to gently guide the wanderer home. I take comfort in knowing that Elder Scott has gone to that heavenly home he so often pointed to and is once again united with his beloved Wife, Jeanene.” Elder Scott was a man of great faith and unbending principle, who—in his own quiet way—spent decades sharing the light of Christ with people throughout the world.

He recovered from that, but church officials announced in May that Scott was experiencing fading memory that kept him from taking part in quorum meetings. 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.

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