At the death of President Marion G. Romney on Friday, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints praised his 47 years of service as a church general authority and called him "a giant of a man."

A statement from the First Presidency said:"The major missions of the church will forever reflect the kindliness, wisdom, gospel scholarship and faith of President Marion G. Romney. His lifetime of service reached across borders and into the hearts and homes of people throughout the world.

"President Romney taught with the conviction born of a life immersed in the study of scriptures. His understanding and exposition of gospel principles will stand as a testament to his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and will be a beacon to others who seek to follow the Savior, who is `the way, the truth and the life.'

"He will be remembered and cherished for his pioneering role in the establishment of the welfare services efforts of the church. President Romney embodied in his own life the principles of thrift, industry and human dignity that should characterize personal and family preparedness and service to one another.

"We extend our love and condolences to his family and express appreciation to them for this giant of a man. We are grateful for the friendship, wisdom and counsel that have blessed us during his 47 years as a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."