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Quotes from the October 2008 general conference

“May we be good citizens of the nations in which we live and good neighbors in our communities, reaching out to those of other faiths, as well as to our own.”

—President Thomas S. Monson

“As we study the scriptures, speak with our Heavenly Father daily, [and] commit to keep the commandments of God, … we attain hope.”

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“The children of God have more in common than they have differences. … God will help us see a difference in someone else not as a source of irritation but as a contribution. The Lord can help you see and value what another person brings which you lack.”

—President Henry B. Eyring

In his conference talk, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “When our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, was asked on his birthday this past August what would be the ideal gift that members worldwide could give him, he said without a moment’s hesitation, ‘Find someone who is having a hard time, … and do something for them.’” *

Would you like to give President Monson a birthday present? Think of an act of service you could do for someone. Maybe your grandpa needs help around the house. Or perhaps that new boy at school needs a friend. There are many people who need help, and many kind children to help them! Tell us about your act of service, and then read about many others in our August 2009 issue—President Monson’s birthday month!

Please send your letter, photo, and permission to:

Birthday Service
Friend Magazine
50 E. North Temple St., Rm. 2432
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-0024

The following information and permission must be included:

Full name


State/Province, Country

I grant permission to print submission and photo:

Signature of parent or legal guardian

Please respond by February 27, 2009. Children whose letters are submitted should be at least three years old.

Photograph by Christina Smith

Show References

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    Thomas S. Monson, quoted in Gerry Avant, “Prophet’s Birthday: Milestone of 81,” Church News, Aug. 23, 2008, 4.