By: Andrea Ruvalcaba
LDS leader Richard G. Scott passed away September 22 at the age of 86 surrounded by family members at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Richard G. Scott was a member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the second highest governing body in the Church. Scott's health began deteriorating earlier this year. He was hospitalized with gastrointestinal bleeding in April. He recovered from that, but church officials announced in May that Scott was experiencing fading memory that kept him from taking part in quorum meetings. Richard Scott was born November 7, 1928 in Pocatello, Idaho. He was a son of Kenneth Leroy and Mary Whittle Scott and grew up in Washington, D.C. where he graduated from George Washington University as a mechanical engineer. He served a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Uruguay, was a volunteer representative of the LDS Church, and engaged in church service, humanitarian aid, and community service. From 1953 to 1965, Richard G. Scott served on the immediate staff of Admiral Hyman Rickover, directing the development of nuclear fuel for a wide variety of naval and land based power plants. He received an honorary Doctor of Christian Service degree from Brigham Young University in 2008. Scott also presided over the Argentina North Mission in Cordoba, Argentina from 1965 to 1969. Afterwards, Scott worked as a private consultant for nuclear power companies. Later on, he was happily married to Jeanene Watkins, whom he had seven kids with. Richard G. Scott’s final address to the saints of the LDS church came in October 2014 when he spoke about the importance of prayer, scripture reading, family home nights and going to the temple. "I testify that as we actively come unto Him, we can endure every temptation, every heartache, every challenge we face." Scott was a passionate man, who loved the Lord, his family, and spouse.