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Thomas S. Monson

During a Church News interview in 1985, President Thomas S. Monson, then second counselor in the First Presidency, told of having been called at age 22 to serve as bishop of the Sixth-Seventh Ward, in which he had grown up in Salt Lake City.

"Why I was called as bishop, I can't tell you," he said during the interview. "Only the Lord would know that."

On Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, that former bishop was introduced at a news media briefing as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

No living person is more acquainted with the office of Church president. He has spent the past 22 years in the First Presidency, serving as a counselor to three presidents: second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and President Howard W. Hunter and, for nearly 13 years, first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley.


pointStories displayed below are sorted by date, most recent at the top of the list and contain at least one reference to President Monson.

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