Church Leaders Pay Tribute to President Monson for His 90th Birthday

Contributed By Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News editor

  • 17 August 2017

President Thomas S. Monson attends the cultural celebration for the Twin Falls Idaho Temple on August 23, 2008.  Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

In the days before his 90th birthday, President Thomas S. Monson received birthday greetings and wishes from general Church leaders:

“Our great example”

“With all who love him, I wish President Monson greetings on his 90th birthday. His faith and his concern for all of Heavenly Father’s children have brought joy and peace to people across the world. He is the Lord’s prophet, and he is our great example of a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I am blessed to serve under his inspired leadership. Happy birthday, President Monson.” —President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency

“We cherish you”

Our dear President Monson, on this your 90th birthday, Harriet and I join millions from around the globe in celebrating the wonderful man and prophet that you are. We have been blessed by your humor and wit, memorable stories, and inspired counsel and messages. Your example of goodness and faith have led us through the decades and will be a guiding star for many years to come. President, you are indeed a true and loyal friend and disciple of God. What a privilege it is to know you and serve with you. We love you, we cherish you, and we wish you the greatest of blessings on this special day and always. —President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

The First Presidency during the April 2015 general conference.

“Our prophet dear”

“On the occasion of his 90th birthday, may I express on behalf of each member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles our deepest feelings of love and admiration for President Thomas S. Monson. The selfless service he has rendered throughout his life has inspired us all and is a magnificent expression of his deep devotion to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Unitedly, we sustain, love, and pray for President Monson, our prophet dear.” —President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

President Thomas S. Monson’s scriptures in his office on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

“Genuine caring, clear vision” 

“One of the many things I love about President Monson is his remarkable ability to tell an engaging story that teaches truth and inspires us to do and be better. His influence has spanned the world yet touched the one through his genuine caring and clear vision. It is a cherished blessing to have been called by him to serve the Lord. Happy 90th birthday, President Monson! —Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President

“Follow the prophet”

“It is with deepest love and gratitude that I wish President Monson a very happy 90th birthday. His inspired life, leadership, and example bless the lives of all who know him. I join the Primary children throughout the world in singing and testifying, ‘Follow the prophet.’ We love you, President Monson!” —Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President

“Love for the youth”

“Our presidency wishes President Monson a very happy 90th birthday! His love and concern for the youth of the Church have been evident throughout his many years of service, and we have all been blessed by his prophetic counsel and direction. His Christlike example of service to others is a bright beacon for the youth of the Church to follow. We are certain that the young women of the Church join us in sending their love and warmest wishes to our beloved prophet.” —Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President

“Lifetime of Church leadership”

Wishing a very happy birthday to President Monson! His wonderful example and lifetime of Church leadership has provided us with a bright example of the attributes of a true disciple of Christ. That example has led us to seek to emulate these marvelous attributes in our own lives. Thank you for your discipleship and love for the Savior and His people, President Monson. Happy 90th birthday! —Elder Ulisses Soares, Presidency of the Seventy

“Force for extraordinary good”

We all wish President Monson a very happy birthday. I remember when I first saw him. I was being taught by the missionaries in London prior to my baptism. They showed me a video of him, and he made a huge impression on me with his faith, power, and conviction. He has continued to do so ever since. He remains a force for extraordinary good in the lives of millions around the world and is an inspiring example of a true minister. Like countless others, my family and I send our love and very best wishes. —Elder Patrick Kearon, Presidency of the Seventy