Thomas S. Monson
Thomas Spencer Monson (born August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah) is the current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Monson became the 16th president of the church on February 3, 2008. He was appointed on the basis of seniority following the death of the previous president, Gordon Hinckley.
Monson was made an apostle at age 36 and served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until he became the President of the Church. As president of the church, Monson is said to be a prophet, seer, and revelator of God's will. Monson has spent most of his time engaged in various church leadership positions and also in public service.
He has received three honorary doctorates and serves as Chairman of the Church Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System. He was also appointed by Ronald Reagan to the President's Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives. Monson is a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo and the World Organization of the Scout Movement's Bronze Wolf—both awards the highest given in each organization.
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