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In this July 10, 2015, file image, Richard G. Scott goes to the memorial service for Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer at the Tabernacle, on Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leader Scott, a member of the faith’s leading governing body, has actually passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, from natural causes. He was 86.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015|4:47 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY– Mormon leader Richard G. Scott died Tuesday at the age of 86– leaving the religion with three openings on its leading regulating body for the very first time in more than a century.
Scott died from natural causes at his house in Salt Lake City surrounded by his household, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a declaration. Scott had been a member of a church regulating body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles considering that 1988.
He is the third top member of the quorum to die this year, leaving three vacancies on the quorum for the first time considering that 1906, church officials said.
Quorum president Boyd K. Packer died in July from natural causes, and quorum member L. Tom Perry passed away in Might from cancer. Replacements for the trio are expected to be called in the coming months, maybe at the religion’s twice-a-year conference on Oct. 3-4.
Six other members amongst the religion’s leading 15 leaders are likewise 80 or older, consisting of church president Thomas S. Monson. He is 88 and is feeling the effects of his age, according to church officials. Russell M. Nelson, 91, is successor to become church president based on being the longest-tenured member of the quorum.
Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Scott had an effective career as a nuclear engineer before being selected in 1988 as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Imitated Jesus Christ’s apostles, the group serves under the church president and his two therapists in supervising operations of the church and its business interests.
Scott’s health began deteriorating previously this year. He was hospitalized with gastrointestinal bleeding in April. He recuperated from that, however church authorities revealed in May that Scott was experiencing fading memory that kept him from taking part in quorum conferences.
Scott kept a relatively low public profile, known primarily for his speeches at Mormon conferences where he managed a fragile balance of “preaching repentance without stridency,” stated Matthew Bowman, an associate professor of history at Henderson State University.
Mormon historian Armand Mauss called Scott a “mild-mannered leader promoting self-improvement and compassion as crucial attributes for Latter-day Saints to acquire.”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called Scott a kind and charitable leader. “His steadfast faith and pursuit of lifelong knowing was an example to each one people,” Herbert said in a statement.
Fellow quorum member D. Todd Christofferson said in a church news release that Scott delivered hope-filled messages that inspired others. He was credited with helping drive international church subscription.
“I don’t go anywhere, particularly in Latin America, where he served for so long and in a lot of locations– I don’t go anywhere there that I don’t see his footprints, where I do not meet someone who hasn’t been affected by him in some way,” Christofferson said in the news release.
Scott was born in Idaho, however he moved at the age of 5 to Washington, D.C., where his dad, Kenneth Leroy, would end up being assistant secretary of agriculture. Scott graduated from George Washington University with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Throughout his life, he suffered extreme personal losses. Two of his 7 children died when they were young, and his spouse, Jeanene, passed away of cancer in 1995. She was the daughter of U.S. Sen. Arthur Watkins. Scott never ever remarried.
Scott didn’t speak at the last church basic conference in April. His final address came in October 2014 when he discussed the importance of prayer, scripture reading, family house nights and going to the temple.
“Each people is thoroughly knowledgeable about our own battles with temptation, discomfort and sadness,” Scott stated that day. “Regardless of all of the unfavorable difficulties we have in life, we have to take some time to actively exercise our faith.”