By Heidi Swinton

Publish 12 months note: First released 2010

"The sweetest event in mortality is to grasp 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 lifestyles, he has been an tool within the Lord's fingers, one via whom the paintings of the dominion of God is lovingly carried out.

President Monson cares approximately humans via the thousands; he has traveled the earth to bless numerous lives in unnumbered lands. He can be recognized most sensible, even though, for worrying approximately humans one after the other. he's taking time in case you could have been as a rule forgotten by way of others. He acknowledges the individual within the crowd who may wish the additional little bit of realization he delivers. He is going the place the Spirit leads him—even if it capability traversing continents to supply a priesthood blessing to a soreness friend.

To the Rescue chronicles the existence and ministry of this remarkable chief. it really is choked with the heartwarming own money owed so commonplace of President Monson—some that experience turn into favorites through the years and so on that experience now not been advised prior to. Readers should be transported to his youth, the place he discovered his first classes approximately achieving out to others. they are going to glimpse his university studies, his leisure pursuits (especially his prize Birmingham curler pigeons), his army carrier within the military, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who could develop into his everlasting better half and maximum support.

Most vital, readers will notice Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his greater than six many years 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 project president at age thirty-one, and as a member of a Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at age thirty-six, he grew to become 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 cars 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 versions of the scriptures. and during all of it, he famous humans as contributors and ministered to their want in own ways.

"I testify that all people 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 energy within the lifetime of one awesome man.

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Of his personal lifestyles he has acknowledged, in retrospect, “Every classification in fundamental, Sunday college, seminary, each one priesthood task had a bigger software. Silently, nearly imperceptibly, a existence was once molded, a occupation began, a guy made. ”11 That guy grew to become a prophet. His lecturers weren't stunned. maybe one of many purposes he makes use of hymns so frequently in his talks is that as a tender boy he discovered them in Sunday university, and the messages stayed with him. He sees hymns as instruments to coach ideas. “Come, All Ye Sons of God,” “How company a Foundation,” “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” and “Ye Elders of Israel” have been sung many times. while the ward chorister positioned the congregation during the paces of studying a brand new tune, they realized it. Stella Waters could wave her baton inside of inches of the deacons’ noses and beat time with a heavy foot that made the ground creak. “As we sang the hymns of Zion,” President Monson recollects, “we not just realized the song; we additionally discovered the phrases. ”12 in the event that they answered good, she allow them to decide upon the subsequent music. a favourite was once: grasp, the tempest is raging! The billows are tossing excessive! The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness. No preserve or assistance is nigh. thirteen Tommy enjoyed the phrases, the depth of the track, the drama within the imagery. As a boy, he may possibly fathom slightly the hazards of a storm-tossed sea yet maybe no longer the risks he might see and suggestions younger deacons to stick clear of in years yet to come: “The demon of greed; the demon of dishonesty; the demon of debt; the demon of doubt; the demon of substances; and people dual demons of immodesty and immorality. ”14 Tommy was once ordained a deacon November five, 1939, by means of the stake patriarch, Frank B. Woodbury. After his ordination, the priesthood hymns held even larger value for him. The phrases of the hole tune his first Sunday as a deacon, “Come, all ye sons of God who've bought the priesthood,” sank deep. 15 Even at the present time, he appears to be like again on what he felt that day, a tender deacon amid males who were—not by means of age yet by way of priesthood responsibility—his friends. He constantly considered retaining the priesthood as a belief from God. He has suggested, “Let us ponder our callings, allow us to ponder our duties, allow us to be sure our responsibility, and allow us to keep on with Jesus Christ our Lord. ”16 That dedication begun whilst a twelve-year-old boy met together with his fellow brethren. The participants of the bishopric took a private curiosity in Tommy, reinforcing the teachings of the grasp that he observed displayed at domestic. by no means did he waver from honoring his parents—they have been his guideposts, yet others additionally confirmed him the way in which. His priesthood advisers under pressure the sacred accountability to move the sacrament; they emphasised right costume, a dignified bearing, and the significance of being fresh inside and outside. It was once in these Aaronic Priesthood years that he discovered the teachings of provider within the Church that may form the remainder of his existence. He has taught younger males: “All who carry the priesthood have possibilities for carrier to our Heavenly Father and to His young ones the following on the earth.

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