August 21, 1927
Years as President:
“There are many out there who plead and pray for help. There are those who are discouraged, those who are beset by poor health and challenges of life which leave them in despair. I’ve always believed in the truth of the words, ‘God’s sweetest blessings always go by hands that serve him here below.’ Let us have ready hands, clean hands, and willing hands, that we may participate in providing what our Heavenly Father would have others receive from Him.”
Thomas S. Monson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 21, 1927. He served in the United States Navy near the close of World War II. In 1950, at age 22, he was called as bishop of the Sixth-Seventh Ward in Salt Lake City. Five years later he was called as a counselor in the presidency of the Temple View Stake. From 1959 to 1962, he served as president of the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Shortly after his return from Canada, at the age of 36, he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 4, 1963. He has served as a counselor in the First Presidency since 1985, serving with President Ezra Taft Benson, President Howard W. Hunter, and President Gordon B. Hinckley.