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Thousands honor departed Mormon leader at watching

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Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune/ AP Mourners cross North Temple after paying their last aspects to Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during a public watching at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018|2:52 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY– Thousands of Mormons are paying respects to their deceased president and prophet during a public viewing in Salt Lake City that comes a day prior to the funeral service.

Church authorities stated 10,000 people had actually concerned the watching by mid-afternoon Thursday to honor Thomas S. Monson, who died Jan. 2 at age 90. He was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for almost Ten Years.

Monson invested more than five years serving in leading church leadership councils– making him a popular face and personality to numerous generations of Mormons.

As president of the almost 16 million-member faith, Monson was thought about a prophet who led the church through discovery from God.

Danielle Cahoon says she included her family to bid farewell and experience a “unique spirit” that she gets during the viewings when church presidents pass away.