SALT LAKE CITY — As news of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson's death broke late Tuesday night, social media was flooded with tender tributes and thoughtful words from people expressing gratitude for his leadership, example and faithful lifelong service.
Former MLB pitcher Jeremy Guthrie expressed his love for President Monson in this tweet.
When Jimmer Fredette replied that he couldn't "say it any better," Guthrie added this thought.
Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper described the influence President Monson has had on his life in an Instagram post.
I grew up loving Gordon B. Hinkley, but was a little to young to understand what a prophet was suppose to mean to you until I grew a little bit older and started listening to the words of Thomas S. Monson. This man had a smile that was contagious, spoke with pure joy and love to people about the lord, and helped me personally grow my testimony and love for the gospel. He taught us to be Kind, to be charitable, and love one another as Christ loved us. He taught us to have a testimony of the church and that nobody could ever take that away from us and lastly he taught us to live in the saviors way every single day! I loved this man and I will miss him and his amazing words!🙌🏻 #CTR #LDSproud Also here is one of my favorite quotes from him. The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility Thomas S. Monson Link in bio!
Former Utah Jazz player Thurl Bailey offered these thoughts.
Like many others, media personality Glenn Beck expressed joy in President Monson being reunited with his wife Frances.
The Sistas in Zion echoed the sentiment with this image.
Donny and Marie Osmond each shared heartfelt tributes on Twitter.
BYU-Pathway President Clark Gilbert tweeted themes recalled from recent talks by President Monson.
Author Jason F. Wright said President Monson is a "hero to millions."
Fashion blogger Corrine Stokoe shared a very personal testimony of the prophet.
Woke up with so many tears to find out that our beloved prophet and president of our church, Thomas S Monson, passed away. I keep trying to find the right words but its hard to describe how much I loved him, how pivotal he was to me, and how much I will miss him. This is the text I sent my family this morning when I found out: Woke up to this news and feel so sad. President Hinckley was the prophet of my growing up years, but President Monson was my prophet during my hard years. He was the prophet when I had to decide if I was in or out of the church. My testimony of him as the prophet went from nothing to everything during the years I struggled to find my way before, during and after my divorce. It is a good thing but a very sad thing for me to know he is finally gone. ❤️ I will never forget these words from him: I always wanted the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him. I will miss you, President Monson.
David Archuleta shared his testimony on Instagram after paying tribute to the prophet at a fireside in France.
"I bear my personal witness and testimony to you that God lives, that He hears the prayers of humble hearts. His Son, our Savior and Redeemer, speaks to each of us: 'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.' May we believe these words and take advantage of this promise." - Thomas S. Monson 1927-2018. Tonight in Versailles, France I was invited to speak alongside Bishop Gerald Causs at a church fireside (a spiritual meeting with music and messages.) it was a special occasion including some Christmas spirit and songs (Christmas lights still light Paris streets until January 6th. 😊) With the passing of the president of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson just last night we had the privilege to pay tribute to him with the French church members in the fireside. Beforehand I got to share the morning with the missionaries in the Paris mission, and then tour the LDS Paris Temple and see the beautiful Christus statue in the garden that is modeled after the original Christus in Copenhagen, Denmark. Today was a great way to open the new year, although it was bittersweet to give a farewell to President Monson. I have made it a personal commitment to visit and serve those who may be lonely and forgotten after his example. Hearing many of His talks and reading his biography where he dedicated himself as a young man to consistently visit over 80 widows. He spoke at every single one of their funerals when they passed away. That always amazed me! Today I remember him and his impact he had to motivate me and millions of others to be a better Christian, and a better person. God be with you 'till we meet again. And Merci to all those who came tonight in Versailles! It was a wonderful night. #thomassmonson #paris #versailles
While most tweets and Facebook posts offered simple "we will miss you" or "rest in peace" messages, others shared memories and favorite quotes.
One man remembered shaking President Monson's hand at a Scouting event.