In Memory of Thomas S. Monson

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Allen Hoggen, Journalist

Thomas Spencer Monson died at age 90 when he passed away on January 2, 2018. He was known for many things, including being the president of the LDS church. He was a kind man and a loving father. Thomas spoke often in the LDS semiannual general conference, and was known for sharing many amazing stories. Among these were saving a friend from committing suicide and saving a girl from a whirlpool in a river. A notable was one where Monson was in a church meeting (on the stand), and a young boy in the front row was copying his actions. Monson would cross his legs, and the boy would do the same. So Monson tried reversing the action, and the child copied his movement again! Monson said that this continued until he was supposed to talk at the pulpit. Monson decided to put the youngster to the test. Monson reflected,   “I looked squarely at him, certain I had his attention, and then I wiggled my ears. He made a vain attempt to do the same, but I had him! He just couldn’t quite get his ears to wiggle.”

Other things that Monson achieved included starting a new LDS stake (and overseeing 12 meeting houses being built there), dedicating eleven LDS temples, writing his own biography, and serving with the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives. Monson had a photographic memory, and he would recall stories at the pulpit in his church services. He also enjoyed dancing, and he wanted to be a cowboy when he grew up. Monson had a great love of food, and some favorites included Cummings Chocolates and The Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Thomas Monson also had a great sense of humor, and he enjoyed a good joke. In an article by the Daily Herald, one such event was recalled. “During a Murdock Travel Christmas Party at The Lion House, Monson was invited to come and sit on Santa’s lap. Monson sat on his knee and Santa asked, ‘Tommy, what do you want for Christmas?’” Monson laughed so hard he almost fell off of Santa’s knee.

The funeral services for Thomas Spencer Monson were held at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Speakers at his service included Russell M. Nelson, Henry B. Eyering, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and Ann M. Dibb. Thomas S. Monson was buried at the Salt Lake City Cemetery on Friday, January 12, 2018.

 

Sources:
Funeral of President Thomas S. Monson Honors “a Mighty Prophet of God“” Church News and Events. March 14, 2018

3 favorite funny moments with LDS president Thomas S. Monson” Standard Examiner Visuals. January 03, 2018. March 14, 2018.

Fun facts about President Thomas S. Monson” Daily Herald. March 26, 2017. March 14, 2018.