Mormon Apostle Richard G. Scott dies at the age of 86

Elder Richard G. Scott of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 86.

The LDS Church released a statement saying Scott passed away at 1:45 p.m. of natural causes associated with age. He was surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City.

Scott was born November 7, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho. He was sustained a member of the Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 1, 1988.

During his last public address in April 2014, Scott encouraged members of the Church to exercise their faith.

“We came to mortal life precisely to grow from trials and testing,” said Scott. “Challenges help us become more like our Father in Heaven, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible to endure those challenges.”

Scott was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanene, who passed away on May 15, 1995. He was well known to many members of the Church for the love he expressed for his wife. He is survived by seven children.

The Church is expected to announce details regarding funeral arrangements as they become available.

Scott’s death leaves three vacancies in the Quorum, after Elder L. Tom Perry died May 30 and President Boyd K. Packer died July 3.

It is expected that the three vacancies will be filled next week during the Church’s semi-annual General Conference.

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