17 February 2008

The LDS Church issues a statement on the passing of Tom Lantos

(Mormons enjoyed a close relationship with Congressman Tom Lantos.)

 The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a message of condolence this week, following the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Congressman Tom Lantos who passed away this morning after his fight with esophageal cancer. Representative Lantos was a remarkable public servant, and a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

“As a Member of the House of Representatives, and most recently as Chairman of the important House Foreign Affairs Committee, he was a leading force for political and religious freedom throughout the world. As a holocaust survivor, he exemplified great compassion for victims of political unrest and oppression.

“He opened many doors for humanitarian and disaster relief efforts, and leaves behind a legacy of family love and unity. We extend our deep sympathies and offer our prayers of comfort for his entire family.”

(Courtesy LDS Newsroom of the Church)

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