SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands of Mormons are paying respects to their deceased president and prophet during a public viewing in Salt Lake City that comes a day before the funeral.
Church officials said 10,000 people had come to the viewing 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 nearly 10 years.
Monson spent more than five decades serving in top church leadership councils — making him a well-known face and personality to multiple generations of Mormons.
As president of the nearly 16 million-member faith, Monson was considered a prophet who led the church through revelation from God.
Danielle Cahoon says she came with her family to say goodbye and experience a "special spirit" that she gets during the viewings when church presidents die.