President Thomas S. Monson 1927–2018
Thomas Spencer Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away on January 2, 2018, at the age of 90.
“We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.
He is dependent upon each of us.” ---- Thomas S. Monson
“I know that the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel His promptings as He directs us in the furtherance of His work.” ----Thomas S. Monson
Facts at a Glance
Born August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Studied business at the University of Utah.
Married Frances Johnson on October 7, 1948, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Called to be a bishop at age 22, a counselor in the stake presidency at age 27, and a mission president in Canada at age 31.
Became an Apostle in 1963 at age 36—the youngest Apostle called since 1910.
Earned a master’s degree in business administration while serving as an Apostle.
Served as a counselor in the First Presidency for 22 years.
Set apart and ordained as the 16th President of the Church on February 3, 2008.
“‘Love thy neighbor’ is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.” ----Thomas S. Monson