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organization administrator , publishing executive

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.


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


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.


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.


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  • Other Work

    • 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.


Every human being is made in the image of God, not just spiritually and morally, but also physically.


Member Utah Board Regents. Member of national Executive Board Boy Scouts American. Trustee Brigham Young U. With United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946.

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


Married Frances Beverly Johnson, October 7, 1948. Children: Thomas L., Ann Frances, Clark Spencer.

George Spencer Monson

Gladys M. (Condie) Monson

Frances Beverly Johnson

Thomas L. Monson

Ann Frances Monson

Clark Spencer Monson