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Thomas Spencer Monson

Thomas Spencer Monson, religious organization administrator, retired publishing executive. Recipient Recognition Award, 1964, Distinguished Alumnus Award, University Utah, 1966, Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, 1971, Silver Buffalo Award, 1978, Bronze Wolf Award, World Organization of the Scout Movement, 1993.

Background

  • Monson, Thomas Spencer was born on August 21, 1927 in Salt Lake City. Son of George Spencer and Gladys M. (Condie) Monson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with honors in mktg, University Utah, 1948. Master of Business Administration, Brigham Young University, 1974. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brigham Young University, 1981.

      Doctor in Business (honorary), University Utah, 2007.

    Career

    • With Deseret News Press, Salt Lake City, 1948-1964, manager, 1962-1964. Member, Council Twelve Apostles Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1963-1985, bishop, Council Twelve Apostles, 1950-1955, second counselor in the first presidency, 1985—1995, first counselor to church president Gordon B. Hinckley, simultaneously becoming President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, 1995—2008, president, since 2008, Canadian Mission, 1959-1962. Chairman board Deseret News Public Company, 1977-1996.

      Vice chairman Desert Management corporation. President Printing Industry Utah, 1958. Board directors Printing Industry America, 1958—1964, KSL-television, Beneficial Life Insurance Company.

      Member Utah executive board United States West Communications. With United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946.

    Works

    • Be Your Best Self
    • One of the great purposes of our existence on earth is to perfect ourselves, to learn to become more like God.
    • Be Your Best Self
    • One of the great purposes of our existence on earth is to perfect ourselves, to learn to become more like God.
    • Author: Be Your Best Self, 1979, Inspiring Experiences That Build Faith: From the Life and Ministry of Thomas S. Monson, Favorite Quotations from the Collection of Thomas S. Monson, Live the Good Life, Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saints, Christmas Gifts, Christmas Blessings, The Search for JLive the Good Life, Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises to the East German Saintsesus, Meeting your Goliath, A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Invitation to Exaltation, Pathways to Perfection.

    Views

    Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children.

    Membership

    Member Utah Board Regents. Member national executive board Boy Scouts of America. Trustee Brigham Young University.

    Member of Salt Lake Advertising Club, University Utah Alumni Association (director), Utah Association Sales Executives, Exchange Club, Alpha Kappa Psi.

    Connections

    • Married Frances Beverly Johnson, October 7, 1948. Children: Thomas L., Ann Frances, Clark Spencer.
    Thomas Spencer Monson
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    Born August 21, 1927
    • 1948
      University Utah
    • 1974
      Brigham Young University
    • 1981
      Brigham Young University
    • 2007
      University Utah
    • 1948 - 1964
      With Deseret News Press
      Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
    • 1950 - 1955
      member
      Bishop, California, United States
    • 1959 - 1962
      member
    • 1963 - 1985
      member
    • 1977 - 1996
      chairman, board Deseret News Public Company
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