Thomas Spencer Monson (August 21, 1927 – January 2, 2018) was an American religious leader and the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Monson was considered by his church followers to be a prophet, seer, and revelator.
Monson became an LDS apostle at the age of 36 and served in the church’s First Presidency under three former LDS presidents. He served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from March 12, 1995 until he was announced as President of the Church on February 3, 2008.
Thomas S. Monson was active in many aspects of life. He received four honorary doctorate degrees – and was honored with the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Buffalo award and the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s Bronze Wolf award. He was also a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and was appointed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives.
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