Thomas S. Monson

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Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of the Church

Thomas S. Monson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 21, 1927. He served in the United States Navy near the close of World War II. In 1950, at age 22, he was called as bishop of the 67th Ward in Salt Lake City. Five years later he was called as a counselor in the presidency of the Temple View Stake. From 1959 to 1962, he served as president of the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Shortly after his return from Canada, at the age of 36, he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4, 1963. He served as a counselor in the First Presidency from 1985 to 2008, serving with President Ezra Taft Benson, President Howard W. Hunter, and President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Thomas S. Monson Videos

Testimony of Thomas S. Monson
President Thomas S. Monson testifies of the truthfulness of the gospel. (1:32)
Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: Always Follow the Promptings of the Spirit
As a young bishop, Thomas Monson is prompted to visit a friend suffering in the hospital. (2:40)
Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: Faith in the Priesthood
As a young soldier at boot camp, Thomas Monson exercises his priesthood at the request of a fellow soldier. (1:57)
Preparation of Thomas S. Monson: He Learned Compassion in His Youth
Young Thomas Monson learns compassion for the less fortunate by watching the example of his father.  (1:15)
Ministry of Thomas S. Monson: The New Publication of the Standard Works
Thomas S. Monson’s unique experiences in the world of publication prepare and qualify him for the work of overseeing the printing of the Church’s new scriptures. (1:31)
Ministry of Thomas S. Monson: The Church Grows in Eastern Europe
Apostle Thomas S. Monson helps oversee the furthering the work of the Church in Europe. (2:45)
Ministry of Thomas S. Monson: Rebuilding Lives
An invitation to write an article for the Washington Post 10 years after the atrocities of 9/11 allows President Thomas S. Monson to speak to the world of forgiveness and hope.  (1:34)
Teachings of Thomas S. Monson: Rescuing Those in Need
Bishop Thomas Monson and his ward welcome a poor German family into their community, providing them with housing, warmth, and food for Christmas. (5:01)
Teachings of Thomas S. Monson: Following the Promptings of the Spirit
Young Bishop Thomas Monson fails to heed the prompting of the Spirit.  (1:50)

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