To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson

By Heidi Swinton

Publish yr note: First released 2010

"The sweetest event in mortality is to grasp that our Heavenly Father has labored via us," says President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. yet he does greater than say it—he lives it. all through his existence, he has been an device within the Lord's palms, one via whom the paintings of the dominion of God is lovingly carried out.

President Monson cares approximately humans by way of the hundreds of thousands; he has traveled the earth to bless numerous lives in unnumbered lands. He might be recognized top, although, for worrying approximately humans one after the other. he's taking time should you can have been more often than not forgotten by way of others. He acknowledges the individual within the crowd who may need the additional little bit of cognizance he gives you. He is going the place the Spirit leads him—even if it skill traversing continents to supply a priesthood blessing to a soreness friend.

To the Rescue chronicles the lifestyles and ministry of this awesome chief. it's jam-packed with the heartwarming own debts so usual of President Monson—some that experience turn into favorites over the years etc that experience now not been instructed earlier than. Readers should be transported to his formative years, the place he realized his first classes approximately achieving out to others. they're going to glimpse his college reports, his leisure pursuits (especially his prize Birmingham curler pigeons), his army provider within the army, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who may develop into his everlasting significant other and maximum support.

Most vital, readers will realize Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his greater than six a long time of dedicated Church carrier. referred to as as a bishop at age twenty-two, as a counselor in a stake presidency at age twenty-seven, as a undertaking president at age thirty-one, and as a member of a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age thirty-six, he turned early on a talented administrator and a tireless servant of the Lord. He oversaw the paintings of the Church in East Germany for greater than two decades, starting with hushed conferences held in autos to prevent listening units and culminating within the commitment of a temple at the back of the Iron Curtain. He performed key roles in landmark courses within the Church, from correlation to welfare to the booklet of the LDS versions of the scriptures. and during all of it, he famous humans as contributors and ministered to their want in own ways.

"I testify that every one people can suppose the Lord's thought as we are living worthily and attempt to serve Him," President Monson has taught. To the Rescue demonstrates the reality of that educating, illustrating its strength within the lifetime of one extraordinary man.

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Tommy on his tricycle on the 5th South domestic. Vivian Park in Provo Canyon, the place Tommy and his relations spent each summer time. He nonetheless visits the cabin frequently. The Condie extended family at Vivian Park. Left to correct: Vera Stewart Swertfager (neighbor at Vivian Park), Uncle John Nielson, Aunt Margaret Condie Nielson, mom Gladys, Father Spence, Grandmother Margaret Ellen Watson Condie retaining Tommy Monson, Grandfather Thomas Sharp Condie (behind), sister Marjorie Monson (in front), cousin Helen “Penny” Nielson, one of many Phillips women, Uncle Jack Condie, cousin Thelma Condie.

Continue the braveness to defy the consensus. pick out the tougher correct rather than the better flawed. through so doing, you won't detour, yet particularly will ever stay for you to perfection. ”4 whereas at school on the U, Tom begun operating afternoons and evenings on a wastepaper truck together with his sister Marjorie’s husband, university soccer megastar Conway Dearden. Tom used to be making money in order that he may perhaps buy an engagement ring for his female friend, Frances Johnson. A printing place could were more secure. One afternoon, at the nook of 3rd South and major highway, he fell from the pinnacle of the truck to the pavement, shattering either wrists.

TSM magazine, eleven December 2003. ^26. TSM magazine, 30 could 2001. ^27. TSM magazine, four March 1964. ^28. G. Homer Durham, N. Eldon Tanner: His lifestyles and repair (Salt Lake urban: Deseret booklet, 1982), 236. ^29. TSM magazine, 24 September 1965. ^30. Thomas S. Monson, “A Time to Choose,” tackle at Brigham younger collage, sixteen January 1973. ^31. TSM magazine, 20 January 1975. 18 close to and much a guy choked with the affection of God, isn't content material with blessing his kin by myself, yet levels during the entire global, nervous to bless the complete human race.

TSM magazine, thirteen may perhaps 2009. ^19. TSM magazine, 29 August 1979. ^20. Lavina Fielding Anderson, “Church Publishes First LDS version of the Bible,” Ensign, October 1979, 15. ^21. “Prodigious project,” Church information, five March 2005. ^22. Thomas S. Monson, “A Time to Choose,” Ensign, may possibly 1995, ninety seven. ^23. TSM magazine, 21 April 1973. ^24. Monson, “‘Come, research of Me,’” forty six. ^25. Church Audiovisual division Interview with TSM, 26 January 1994; Interview with TSM, 10 December 2008. ^26. Thomas S. Monson, “Hallmarks of a contented Home,” Ensign, November 1988, 70.

Jesus Christ referred to as His disciples to persist with Him and develop into “fishers of fellows. ” His disciples this present day have an analogous cost. President Monson’s best “fishing gap” may be likened to the pool of Bethesda, the place “a nice multitude of impotent people, of blind, halt, withered”in New testomony occasions went for healing—to be “made complete. ”5 He is aware from whence such therapeutic comes: “Let us do not forget that it was once no longer the waters of Bethesda’s pool which healed the impotent guy. particularly, his blessing got here during the contact of the Master’s hand.

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