For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018
Contact: Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Statement from Utah House Democrats on the Passing of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson
Salt Lake City – Today Utah House Democrats express grief for the passing of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson last night. President Monson was celebrated and respected for his deep compassion and service for the marginalized, the bereft, and the unrecognized. He was known for saying, “‘Love thy neighbor’ is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.” His humility and empathetic approach for all people were values that all of us can celebrate. From an early age, Thomas Monson rose up through the Church and our community because of his fundamental intuition for compassion.
“President Monson’s gift for taking keen interest in each individual, and for remembering the circumstances of their lives will be missed. He was remarkable. He knew details about everyone. And he cared for everyone,” said Minority Leader Brian King. “He became a bishop when he was just 22. He was remarkably intelligent. He used to visit people regularly at hospitals. He had an amazing memory, and a remarkable sense of empathy for all people. He was a very loving, compassionate person.”
Rep. Sandra Hollins said, “His leadership played an important role in helping those in poverty, and his attentiveness to disaster-relief for the suffering. President Monson was extraordinarily sympathetic. He always made sure that he attended to the needs of people.”