Born In: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Thomas Spencer Monson was a famous American religious leader and author. He was also the president of The Church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). He became a Bishop at the young age of twenty-two, a mission president at thirty one, and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve at the age of thirty-six. He traveled extensively all over to carry out his humanitarian, educational and religious pursuits and contributed greatly in the Publication committees, missionary and welfare areas. He was known across the USA and Canada for his dynamism and capability to get things done. He also possessed a quick intellect and an incredible memory. His concern and care for others, especially widows, is noteworthy. He also encouraged members to rescue people undergoing disparity and misery. He surely was an epitome of courage and compassion.
Also Known As: Thomas Spencer Monson
Died At Age: 90
Spouse/Ex-: Frances Beverly Johnson
father: G. Spencer Monson
mother: Gladys Condie
children: Ann Frances, Clark Spencer, Thomas Lee
Born Country: United States
place of death: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
U.S. State: Utah
City: Salt Lake City, Utah
education: Brigham Young University, University of Utah
awards: 1971 - Boy Scouts of America's Silver Beaver Award
1978 - Silver Buffalo Award
1993 - Bronze Wolf
Worldwide Humanitarian Award
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He served his tenure as a teacher in University of Utah for some time and then moved to publishing. He joined the Deseret News as an advertising executive. In 1952, he joined the advertising operations of the Newspaper Agency Corporation and later transferred to the Deseret News Press, where he began as sales manager and eventually became general manager.
In June, 1955, he became a counselor in the presidency of the Salt Lake City ‘Temple view stake’. After four years, he was made the president of the Canadian mission. After his return from the Canadian Mission, he was called to serve on the high-counsel in Holladay (supervising over nine stakes mission) and on General church committee (Priesthood Genealogy and Priesthood Home Teaching Committee).
During 1965-1968, he oversaw church’s modus operandi in the South Pacific and the Australia along with organizing the first LDS stake in Tonga. In the following year, he was on the Mountain Bell board of advisors, also serving as member of the board of directors of Commercial Security Bank alongside. He also chaired the bank’s audit committee for twenty years, where he also became member of the board of directors when the bank was bought out by Key Bank.
In 1970s, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Scripture Publication Committee that looked after the publication of the LDS church edition of the King James Bible and amendments in the church scriptures. He also looked after other committees of the Church. In 1974, he received a master of business administration degree from Brigham Young University while being an apostle.
He wrote many books and published compilations of his own speeches, including an autobiography, Faith Rewarded (1996), which is a collection of journal entries from his experiences in East Germany. His other important works include Christmas gifts, Christmas blessings (1983), Live the good life (1988), The search for Jesus (1992), Invitation to exaltation (1997), A Christmas dress for Ellen (2004), Teachings of Thomas S. Monson (2011).
On October 7, 1978, he married Frances Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple after his graduation. They had three children - Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer.
Thomas S. Monson died on January 2, 2018, of natural causes at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 90.
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