To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson

By Heidi Swinton

Publish yr note: First released 2010

"The sweetest event in mortality is to understand that our Heavenly Father has labored via us," says President Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. yet he does greater than say it—he lives it. all through his existence, he has been an tool within the Lord's palms, one via whom the paintings of the dominion of God is lovingly carried out.

President Monson cares approximately humans through the hundreds of thousands; he has traveled the earth to bless numerous lives in unnumbered lands. He might be recognized most sensible, although, for worrying approximately humans one after the other. he is taking time in the event you can have been commonly forgotten via others. He acknowledges the individual within the crowd who may need the additional little bit of recognition he provides. He is going the place the Spirit leads him—even if it capacity traversing continents to supply a priesthood blessing to a ache friend.

To the Rescue chronicles the lifestyles and ministry of this striking chief. it's choked with the heartwarming own money owed so common of President Monson—some that experience turn into favorites through the years and so forth that experience no longer been instructed sooner than. Readers may be transported to his youth, the place he realized his first classes approximately achieving out to others. they're going to glimpse his tuition stories, his spare time activities (especially his prize Birmingham curler pigeons), his army provider within the military, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who may develop into his everlasting better half and maximum support.

Most vital, readers will become aware of Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his greater than six a long time of dedicated Church carrier. referred to as as a bishop at age twenty-two, as a counselor in a stake presidency at age twenty-seven, as a undertaking president at age thirty-one, and as a member of a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age thirty-six, he turned early on a talented administrator and a tireless servant of the Lord. He oversaw the paintings of the Church in East Germany for greater than two decades, starting with hushed conferences held in vehicles to prevent listening units and culminating within the commitment of a temple at the back of the Iron Curtain. He performed key roles in landmark courses within the Church, from correlation to welfare to the book of the LDS variations of the scriptures. and during all of it, he famous humans as members and ministered to their desire in own ways.

"I testify that all folks can suppose the Lord's thought as we are living worthily and attempt to serve Him," President Monson has taught. To the Rescue demonstrates the reality of that educating, illustrating its strength within the lifetime of one outstanding man.

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He went to each online game, knew the identify of every participant, the batting averages, and after a online game might run the bases, pretending he was once a huge leaguer. on the time, what an outstanding distance it appeared to run from first base to moment to 3rd after which to domestic plate! Tom’s buddies at West highschool be mindful him as dependable and industrious, fun-loving and pleasant. He and his good friend Earl maintaining, who might finally turn into a filthy rich entrepreneur, think they have been the single who by no means observed a West excessive soccer video game. They weren’t apathetic; they have been operating. Tommy was once twelve whilst he begun operating after tuition and on Saturdays on the print store the place his father labored. He might sweep the flooring, tidy the washroom, run errands, and fill in as a couple of additional palms, incomes 5 money per week. One afternoon he absentmindedly tucked his wages within the pocket of his Levi’s and forgot approximately it. “Horror of horrors,” on Monday, the Levi’s went off to the laundry. while he learned it, he knelt down “then and there” and prayed that one way or the other or different that five-dollar invoice might make its as far back as him. He waited anxiously for Thursday while the laundry will be back, fresh and clean. He opened the bag and positioned every one merchandise at the kitchen desk. while he received to his Levi’s he thrust his hand within the cash pocket and there has been his five-dollar bill—wet, yet secure. He has frequently quipped, “That was once the 1st laundered funds I had ever obvious. ” That evening, he thanked his Heavenly Father for that resolution to prayer. three Tom progressively moved as much as develop into an apprentice on the print store, Western resort sign up, at 740 South major. each afternoon he made the rounds of all of the eating places on the town, gathering alterations for his or her next-day menus. just once did an individual provide him something to consume, although he used to be within the kitchens of all of them. From that starting he went directly to turn into basic supervisor of Deseret Press, chairman of the board of Deseret information Publishing corporation, board member of Deseret booklet, and president of the Utah Printers’ organization. His classmate Earl maintaining, like Tom, began on the backside, slicing the grass on the Covey flats, which his mom and dad controlled. He later got the residences after which Covey’s Little the United States inn facility in Wyoming, which he elevated to a 4- and five-star chain of lodges. He ultimately bought Sinclair Oil, solar Valley hotel in Idaho, and Snowbasin lodge in Utah’s Ogden Canyon. “Working didn’t harm us any,” Tom saw whilst being named in 2006 to West High’s corridor of reputation. four 3 excessive faculties served the town inhabitants while Tom attended: West, South, and East. West used to be the oldest; East used to be its fundamental rival; South was once in among them geographically. scholars attended for 2 years, as juniors and seniors; a few may decide upon a 3rd. Tom’s West excessive classification integrated 384 scholars. Tom was once president of the Spanish membership, a member of the scholar council and of the eligibility and awards committee, and a sergeant in ROTC. He excelled in English, geography, and background.

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