Nell Redmond, Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2010 file photo, evangelist Billy Graham, 92, is interviewed at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.

SALT LAKE CITY — LDS Church leaders shared their admiration for the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday, when he died at age 99.

"We express our deepest condolences at the passing of Reverend Billy Graham," the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement.

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"His decades of ministry stand as a legacy of his love for the Redeemer of all mankind, and we admire his courageous voice of moral witness to the world. We pray God's blessings will be upon his family and all who knew and loved him."

The First Presidency is the leading council in the church and is composed of church President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

Rev. Graham has been called the nation’s best-known Christian evangelist, meeting with presidents and world leaders for more than 60 years, even as he traveled the world conducting "crusades" for those in search of spiritual guidance.