Thomas S. Monson

(Thomas Spencer Monson)

Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson
  • Born: August 21, 1927
  • Died: January 2, 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Clergyman

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Thomas Spencer Monson was an American religious leader, author, and the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president, he was considered by adherents of the religion to be a "prophet, seer, and revelator." Monson's early career was as a manager at the Deseret News, a Utah newspaper owned by the LDS Church. He spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and public service.

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This is our one and only chance at mortal life - here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and non-existent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey - now.
Amidst the confusion of the times, the conflicts of conscience, and the turmoil of daily living, an abiding faith becomes an anchor to our lives. Religion & God
Choose a field that will supply sufficient remuneration to provide adequately for your companion and your children. I bear testimony that these criteria are very important in choosing your life's work. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith. Life ;Future ;Religion & God
Choose your love, Love your choice. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Time ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God's approval. Religion & God
Each heartfelt prayer, each Church meeting attended, each worthy friend, each righteous decision, each act of service perfomed all precede that goal of eternal life. Life
Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Time ;Religion & God
Finding the real joy of Christmas comes not in the hurrying and the scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts. We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.
I acknowledge that I do not understand the processes of creation, but I accept the fact of it.
I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children.
I counseled many returning missionaries. I interviewed 1,700 missionaries all over the world. My advice to them is that you should study and prepare for your life's work in a field that you enjoy. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I forbid you, agnostic, doubting thoughts, to destroy the house of my faith. Religion & God
I hope that you will learn to take responsibility for your decisions. Don't take counsel of your fears. Hope
I urge you to hold fast to your standards. I plead with you not to waver.
I wasn't with Joseph, but I believe him. My faith did not come to me through science, and I will not permit so-called science to destroy it. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In reality, we are all travelers - even explorers of mortality.
My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior's love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit. You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
On occasion we need to make a second effort - and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve.
One sees a blatant disregard for the precious souls of mankind.
Our Father's commitment to us, His children, is unwavering. Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers.
Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. Respect
Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts, I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people. Religion & God
The future is as bright as your faith. Future ;Religion & God
The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
The reward of eternal life requires effort. Life
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world's busy life and become more interested in people than in things. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The way to be with God in every season is to strive to be near Him every week and each day. Religion & God
There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus the Christ. It is the time to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart - and our neighbors as ourselves. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Though we may not necessarily forfeit our lives in service to our God, we can certainly demonstrate our love for Him by how well we serve Him. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm. Religion & God
We must not let our passions destroy our dreams.
We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. Religion & God
We tend to become like those whom we admire.
What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps.
Work will win when wishy washy wishing won't. Work, Workers & The Labor Force