To The Rescue Biography of Thomas S Monson by Heidi Swinton (TSM is current President of the LDS church)

To The Rescue Biography of Thomas S Monson by Heidi Swinton:

-growing up in their home they had family meal daily with some wonderful meat.

-Sister Monson daily cooks him dinner no matter the hour and always packs his suitcase when he has to travel.

-Sister Monsons parents dressed formally to meet Thomas as he came to pick Francis up for their first date.

-Owned a bank and many other big businesses

-Sport coarses were required in his college he took basketball and swimming.

-He had a summer home cabin and another house.

-college major in marketing? minor in economics. Interested in business finance.

-oft sings and whistles

-oft prays to God even over little things like a basketball game so he did when he was young

-liked to hunt

-his branch president was known to try people on the scriptures throughly. He went to set a 5 appointment to get out by 6 when church started and the leader said no that would not give us enough time to search the scriptures how about 2pm? It was so, and there he asked TSM to quote D&C 4 and D&C 13 and told him he has the right to be ministered to by angels as we learn from D&C 13.

-life is a mission not a career

-don’t fire someone until you know why they are misbehaving ie coming late

-if you find out of their misconduct from the police instead of them, tell them yes they are fired and you must be more harsh with them than you would have had to if they spoke with him in person.

-be willing to rehire someone who used to misbehave who comes asking for work later.

-had an experience hunting on Sunday where almost his brother died and he learned to never go hunting or fishing on Sunday again.

-to people returning to church attendance, Bishop Monson would say “welcome home. We’ve missed you. We need you!”

-do things in the way they are to be done; ordaining a person to Aaronic Priesthood it was to be done with the chair facing the congregation. A temple worker said it should be facing the temple. TSM said that may be ok in some wards, but here they face the congregation. And he turned the chair back towards the congregation.

-when people moved out of his ward he tried to keep track of them and when he saw them would council them, (once their bishop always so it was to say)

-when difficult things would come up he would say do your best and don’t worry it will be alright we are in the Lord’s hands (doing his work).

-as bishop he considered himself quite generous welfare-wise, and if he had to go back and do it again he would be even more generous.

-he was the usher of his ward watching the doors as church began while serving there as Bishop.

-very skilled at turning welfare opportunities in his ward into opportunities for service for the ward  members.

-wrote 17 monthly letters to a serviceman from his ward before getting a reply. sent church magazine to him as well, but the hand letters were what got him to become active.

-singular acts can shape the eternal destiny of youth; acts of people reaching out to them.

-called a boy who was not at Priesthood opening excersizes and asked why he was not in attendance, offered him one of his own clean white shirts, and the boy although late came!

-mission presidents is not like being a bishop, your wife councils with you in all.

-TSM mission tours as a General Authority tried to have an interview with each missionary in the missions he visited to strengthen their faith in Christ.

-has a firm grip handshake

-as a mission president he went to every wedding, spoke at members’ funerals, and engaged the members in mission presidents. He usually made an appearance at every event.

-knew all the names of his missionaries as a mission president; remembered names and situations of many members when he toured his mission a decade later.

-when Elders said they had tracted out the whole city he said now your next assignment is to teach and baptize them all.

-when Elders said their apartment was 40 below zero he said dress warm work hard and don’t look at the thermostat

-pessimism of an area it closed then it was announced as a hot new area and Elders went back in and baptized many. Attitude was the difference.

-“success is the ratio of your accomplishments to your capabilities”

-have the courage to refrain from judging and criticizing those around you.

-read all 6 volumes of the church history on air plane rides

-*getting temple and church meetings etc in Germany was what it must have been like for JS to get things going in the USA, and people who helped USA become free.

-Pres. Kimball concealed that the Germans had to befriend the communists who oppressed them if they were to progress in their rights as a church.

-There are as stalwart of saints in these days as there were in the days of any past dispensation.

-awarded honorary Dr. Degree in Law

-asked seriously by Pres. Kimball to memorize a manual to get it into a communist Germany where it was not allowed to be mailed then for TSM with the memory to go there. As he did his best and was writing, there was the manual and in German none know how it arrived.

-asked to review the PMG manuscript in 2 days by Elder Ballard, TSM did so staying up most of the night.

-the 5 most important english words: I am proud of you

the 4: what if your opinion

the 3: if you please

the2: thank you

the least: I

-there is no problem too small or too big for God not to answer the prayer of faith and give his attention.

-when an answer to a prayer does not come yet he does not worry for when he absolutely needs the answer, it will come.

-came late to a conference once (general?) for he was caring for his wife. Showed his emphasis was not on scheduling.

-today sin oft puts on the fasod of tolerance.

-he gets to meetings early and visits with people, then starts the meeting on the dot.

-he is a great sports fan talking about them then getting right to the point of what he must say.

-rather than wanting to win arguments, he wants to get to the truth

-usually before expressing his opinion he has discussion and goes around the table to hear from those in council.

-the church voted against gay marriage but for letting them have hospital and home rights.

-the temple itself is a missionary

-when he starts a book he will finish it

-he likes wheaties in the morning

-your deception to think say and do right will rarely if ever be the easy way

-good habits are like muscles the more you use them the more they grow

-as we look heavenward, we inevitably see our need to reach outward.

-He teaches old folks in rest homes about how a football game works so they can understand what is going on on the television and enjoy it.

-He speaks about current ball games.

-Every boy ought to have his own dog.

-Give to the beggar and poor all you have, as shown in him giving a hungary family at Thanksgiving time his pet rabbits to eat.

-When his mother is asked about how she raised a prophet, she says “it was hard but I persevered.”

-Fishing is good and spiritual.

-Having animals and going to fairs is joyful.

-He knows about what is going on in the local barber shop.

-He travels on a plane to go and give a blessing to one person in need.

-Debt is a demon.

-Road shows and dance festivals are uplifting.

-It is the duty of Priesthood holders to memorized the sacrament prayers.

-Don’t read the sermons you give at church, but give them from the heart.

-for college, study what you like and what will provide for your family.

-Were he to go back and do it again, he would have studied history instead of business.

-Were he to go back and do it again, he would have married younger. He knew Francis for years before they married.

-Studying, it’s how you use the hours not the amount of hours.

-Study as though you had to explain what you read, and as though you were going to teach the lecture that you are about to attend.

-Formal attire to meet the boy your daughter is doing to go on a date with.

-Don’t steady date at first.

-The 12 Apostles are to freely express their opinion, and once a decision is made by them collectively, they are to entirely uphold that decision.

-President McKay quoted Shakespeare freely.

-President Lee was one of the wisest church teachers.

-Members of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles read “The Readers Digest”

-Henry the 8th was his favorite Shakespeare play.

-Among his favorite theatrical works is the Phantom of the Opera.

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