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Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon Church who oversaw an era of change, dies at 90

Thomas S. Monson, president of Mormon Church who oversaw an era of change, dies at 90

For more than 50 years, Thomas S. Monson served in top leadership councils for the Mormon Church — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons.

A church bishop at the age of 22, the Salt Lake City native became the youngest church apostle ever in 1963 at the age of 36. He served as a counselor for three church presidents before assuming the role of the top leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008.

After a life of church service, Monson died Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City, according to church spokesman Eric Hawkins. He was 90.

The next president was not immediately named, but the job is...

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