‘Mormon Land’ special edition: The life and legacy of Thomas S. Monson — from a strict gay policy to a Scouting split and younger missionaries

(Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune) LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson waves as he rides in the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City.

After 10 years as LDS Church president and more than five decades as a general authority, Thomas S. Monson is dead. For what will he be remembered? His heartfelt stories about helping widows or a tough policy on same-sex couples? Lowering the ages for full-time missionaries or a continuing pullback from the Boy Scouts he so dearly loved?

Matthew Bowman, a history professor at Henderson State University in Arkansas and author of “The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith,” discusses Monson’s legacy in this special edition of “Mormon Land.”

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