Who is Thomas S. Monson and what does it mean to be the president of the Mormon Church
? Find out who he is including his service in the Church, what he is known for, and great speeches he has given to the world.
Prophet and President:
Thomas S. Monson is the 16th President
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a prophet of God
. On February 3, 2008, after the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley
, the Church announced Thomas S. Monson
as the president of the first presidency with Henry B. Eyring as his first counselor and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as his second counselor.
As the prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ President Monson leads the Church and is the only one authorized of God to receive revelation for the entire body of the Church.
An Apostle of God:
Known for His Compassion:
One of the greatest things President Monson is known for is his outstanding compassion. He was called as a bishop
at the very young age of 22 and served in a huge ward
of over 1000 members, 85 of which were widows. He regularly visited and took care of these women during his years as their bishop, but continued to visit them after being called to other offices within the Church. He served these women for decades and eventually spoke at each of their funerals.
President Monson's great love for others also includes the youth. For almost three decades he served on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
Speaking to the World:
Through his calling as God's prophet and apostle, President Monson is authorized to receive revelation for the church and to reveal the word of God
to the world. Every six months the Church holds a General Conference
which is broadcast worldwide. President Thomas S. Monson, along with his counselors, the apostles, and other church leaders speak to the world. Their words are recorded and made available in the following edition of the church's Ensign magazine
and can also be viewed in the online archives
Well Known Talks and Speaches:
President Monson is an eloquent speaker and is well known for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ by sharing the stories and experiences of himself and others. These examples show how to come unto Christ through the service and compassion of others
. Here are just a few of his numberless speeches:
Favorite Quote by President Monson:
"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.
"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues" ("An Attitude of Gratitude, Ensign, May 1992, 54).
The Life of President Thomas S. Monson:
Born on August 21, 1927 to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson, Thomas was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. At age 22 he married Frances Beverly Johnson, and continued his path in life by developing a remarkable professional career and selfless community and church service. From an early age President Monson has faithfully served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Timeline of President Monson's Church Service
- 02/03/2008 - Named 16th President of Church
- 03/12/1995 - First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley
- 06/05/1994 - Second Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter
- 11/10/1985 - Second Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson
- 10/04/1963 - Ordained an Apostle
- 1959-1962 - President of Canadian Mission in Toronto, Ontario
- 06/1955 - Counselor in SLC Temple View Stake Presidency
- 05/07/1950 - Bishop of Sixth-Seventh Ward in Salt Lake City
I know that President Monson is God's living prophet today and that by listening and following his words we will be led unto Christ.
See pictures, videos, and learn more about President Thomas S. Monson at the official Church site: www.ThomasSMonson.org