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    President Thomas S. Monson

    Just heard from a close friend with medical connections that Thomas Monson has passed away this afternoon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    Just heard from a close friend with medical connections that Thomas Monson has passed away this afternoon.


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    You have great connections, Dwight. Nothing publicly announced yet, but the church PR folks must have been prepared for this.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by LA Ute View Post
    You have great connections, Dwight. Nothing publicly announced yet, but the church PR folks must have been prepared for this.


    Ben Winslow apparently heard the same things, posted this in the last 10 minutes.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LA Ute View Post
    You have great connections, Dwight. Nothing publicly announced yet, but the church PR folks must have been prepared for this.
    A newscaster who lived in my aunt's ward told me that he originally wrote Pres. Hinckley's obituary 4-5 years before he died, and tweaked it over time.

    When the day finally came he was able to go on camera and report the news with a polished story that he could not have written in the few short minutes between the time the news broke and he had to announce it.

    PR and news people are we prepared for the eventuality, despite DS pushing for an earlier announcement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestUteFan View Post
    A newscaster who lived in my aunt's ward told me that he originally wrote Pres. Hinckley's obituary 4-5 years before he died, and tweaked it over time.

    When the day finally came he was able to go on camera and report the news with a polished story that he could not have written in the few short minutes between the time the news broke and he had to announce it.

    PR and news people are we prepared for the eventuality, despite DS pushing for an earlier announcement.
    This is typical for all major figures, both internationally and locally. There are those who will beat the media to the punch -- I don't think news media as a whole was prepared for Prince's death at all.

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    This is typical for all major figures, both internationally and locally. There are those who will beat the media to the punch -- I don't think news media as a whole was prepared for Prince's death at all.
    "Don't apologize; it's not your fault. It's my fault for overestimating your competence."

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    President Monson basically homebound....

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=44358841&nid...gular-meetings
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    McKay Coppins' piece in the Atlantic:

    The Death of a Prophet

    Thomas Monson, the late Mormon church president, stressed the importance of community in an increasingly atomized nation.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    KSL and the DNews also stating the reports of his death are incorrect.


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    Yeah. I haven't seen a confirmation yet. My source is a surgeon, so I'm giving him some time before I give up him. But once I do, he's getting roasted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    Yeah. I haven't seen a confirmation yet. My source is a surgeon, so I'm giving him some time before I give up him. But once I do, he's getting roasted.
    SALT LAKE CITY — LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson continued to rest and recover in the hospital late Wednesday afternoon, despite unfounded rumors that he had died.

    Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the church was aware of the rumors, but Hawkins confirmed at 3:20 p.m. that President Monson was alive.

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...afternoon.html

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    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    When rumors like this fly, it usually means they are premature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by concerned View Post
    When rumors like this fly, it usually means they are premature.
    It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

    -- Yogi Berra

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    With apologies to Dwight, I revised the thread title so it's a bit more generic.

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    Beware the HIPAA violation


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    And he's been released from the hospital....remind me to not let DS's friend do surgery on me


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    President Thomas S. Monson

    My roommate during school was a local TV news reporters in SLC. One day he came home and I asked him how his day had gone. He said it had been a slow news day so he worked on "the Kimball obit." This was a few years before President Kimball was ill. My roomie told me that he updated the video obituary regularly to keep it current and ready to go.
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    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    And there have been a handful of occasions when those pre-made obits have been accidentally published. Always funny...and awkward for the person who isn't dead.


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    If you ignore the inflammatory headline, this is an interesting story. McKay Coppins is right, I think.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/25411...s-ben-shapiro#

    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    President Monson passed away earlier today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    President Monson passed away earlier today.


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    Good thing you verified it this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestUteFan View Post
    Good thing you verified it this time.
    I bet you felt better prepared for the news last night!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight Schr-Ute View Post
    I bet you felt better prepared for the news last night!


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    I am happy that he is no longer suffering.

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    President Monson was an amazing man. I’ll miss him.


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    "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
    --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
    --Yeats

    “True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures - unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    --John W. Davis, founder of Davis Polk & Wardwell

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    I read the last two talks he gave in General Conference this morning. Both were very short. One was a simple reminder to be more kind. The other encouraged members to read The Book of Mormon more. Both were great.

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    Sad but not unexpected news. 90 is a pretty darn good run, especially when you spend your life serving others the way he did.
    “It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.”

    Well, because he thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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    I guess Russell M Nelson is the next man up. He's 93 and looking pretty frail. Three years ago I was a Mountain Host at Park City and was asked to take a photo of him with other family members skiing. He did okay. I hope I am skiing at 90.

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    the final "closed quote"

    what a great example of serve

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