Thousands join together in LDS worship for 187th Annual General Conference 31

An empty seat is pictured where Thomas S. Monson usually sits during the 187th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

Funeral services for President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held in the Conference Center on Temple Square at noon Friday, Jan. 12. The funeral will be open to the public for anyone ages 8 and older. A public viewing open to all ages will take place from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

President Monson died from causes incident to age on Jan. 2, in Salt Lake City at the age of 90. He was the 16th president in the 187-year history of the LDS Church and served as its president since Feb. 3, 2008.

Those who attend the funeral services at the Conference Center, which seats 21,000 people, must be in their seats no later than 11:30 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating with large-screen viewing of the proceedings will be offered in the adjacent Tabernacle, Assembly Hall and Conference Center Theater.

The funeral services will be broadcast live via MormonNewsroom.org, LDS.org (English, Spanish and Portuguese), KSL TV, the KSL TV app, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYU 11, BYUtv International, Mormon Channel, Canal Mormón (Spanish) and on the church satellite system. In addition, audio broadcasts will air on KSL Radio and BYU Radio.

A private burial service will take place at the Salt Lake City Cemetery following the funeral.

Expressions of sympathy can be posted on the President Monson Facebook page or emailed to condolences@ldschurch.org.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund or the church’s General Missionary Fund at give.lds.org/monson.

Monson’s last major public appearance was at the April 2017 general conference, after which he was hospitalized. In May 2017, the church announced Monson was no longer participating in the day-to-day operations of the organization. Monson was noticeably absent from the church’s October general conference meetings, as well as Christmas celebrations.

His wife, Frances B. Monson, died in May 2013 at the age of 85. She was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Daily Herald reporter Genelle Pugmire can be contacted at gpugmire@heraldextra.com, (801) 344-2910, Twitter @gpugmire

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