The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement of admiration, respect and gratitude shortly after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, Sept. 8.
Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, died at age 96 at her Balmoral Castle home in Scotland, having reigned for 70 years.
The First Presidency’s statement reads:
“The United Kingdom and the people of the world have lost a noble monarch with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She presided through seven decades, in times of peace and conflict, plenty and struggle, and did so with characteristic grace and goodness.
“The First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints express admiration and respect for the queen and extend our sincere condolences to her family and her people at this tender time.
“In modern-day scripture, the Lord counsels that we are to ‘live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die’ (Doctrine and Covenants 42:45). The many expressions of sympathy from around the world are a loving tribute to Queen Elizabeth II from those who loved her and who mourn with her family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“In such moments, we feel gratitude for the goodness of an exemplary life and rejoice in the hope of a glorious resurrection, made possible through the loving sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Earlier this year, the Church’s Europe Area presidency conveyed a tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee celebration.