Wednesday, April 9, 2008

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson Video

Shortly before President Thomas S. Monson was announced as the 16th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 4, 2008, we created this video to share our support for this wonderful man.

In the LDS Church, when the president and prophet of the Church passes away, the senior apostle is typically called as the next president, prophet, seer and revelator of the Church. With the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley in late January, it was expected that President Monson would be called.

This video shows just a couple clips from one of his most recent conference talks where he shares his testimony of Jesus Christ and His gospel. I personally am grateful for a loving and caring leader such as President Monson. Though I will greatly President Hinckley, I know that the Lord prepares and calls prophets, each for their own time. We love you and sustain you, President Monson!

Born in Salt Lake City, on August 21, 1927, Thomas Spencer Monson is the son of G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson. After graduating cum laude from the University of Utah in 1948 with a degree in business management, he joined the Business College faculty at the U of U. President Monson earned an MBA from BYU and also had conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws by BYU and the honorary degree, Doctor of Human Letters by Salt Lake Community College

After returning home from serving in the Navy during World War II, he married his sweetheart Frances Beverly Johnson on October 7, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they have raised three children.

President Monson was an executive for the Deseret News and the Newspaper Agency Corporation, starting in 1948. He also was the sales manager, and later the general manager, of the Deseret News Press, one of the West's largest commercial printing firms, until his call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1963 at the young age of 36.

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