Top Mormon leader Richard Scott dead at 86

Mormon Apostle Richard Scott, a member of the religion's top governing body, has died from natural causes. He was 86.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement that Scott died at 1:45 p.m. MT on Tuesday while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City. Scott was called as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1977 and joined the top governing body the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1988.

"Elder Scott was able, very successfully, to keep his eye on eternity," said Elder Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who served as a young missionary under Scott. "His messages were filled with hope. And he was unapologetic about repentance and the Atonement because he knew that that's where hope came from or what one could hope for as a consequence of true, full repentance and the effect of the Atonement, the grace of Jesus Christ, in one's life."

It is not yet known when Scott's vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be filled.

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