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 existence, he has been an software within the Lord's arms, 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 can be recognized top, even though, for being concerned approximately humans one after the other. he's taking time if you happen to can have been typically forgotten by means of others. He acknowledges the individual within the crowd who may wish the additional little bit of recognition he supplies. He is going the place the Spirit leads him—even if it capacity traversing continents to supply a priesthood blessing to a affliction friend.

To the Rescue chronicles the lifestyles and ministry of this awesome chief. it truly is choked with the heartwarming own money owed so commonplace of President Monson—some that experience develop into favorites over the years etc that experience now not been informed prior to. Readers could be transported to his early life, the place he discovered his first classes approximately achieving out to others. they're going to glimpse his university reports, his spare time activities (especially his prize Birmingham curler pigeons), his army provider within the military, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who might develop into his everlasting spouse and maximum support.

Most vital, readers will notice Thomas S. Monson going "to the rescue" in his greater than six a long time of committed Church carrier. known as as a bishop at age twenty-two, as a counselor in a stake presidency at age twenty-seven, as a venture 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 e-book of the LDS versions of the scriptures. and during all of it, he well-known humans as participants and ministered to their desire in own ways.

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

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The grandchildren picked up the relatives culture of memorizing poems and readings. they usually beloved to sing. “Heart of My middle” was once a favourite that they sang into the microphone persistently with gusto. The older childrens advised tales or gave recitations; the more youthful ones, with Frances on the piano, sang basic songs corresponding to “‘Give,’ stated the Little flow. ” yr after 12 months anyone provided a rendition of “All i would like for Christmas Is My entrance tooth. ” Little Ann extremely joyful every body one night together with her new tune, “I’m So blissful while Daddy Comes domestic. ” Tom narrated the actions because the little ones sang the “Hokey Pokey” and “Jumbo the Elephant. ” “Whose little woman are you? ” Tom might ask younger Ann teasingly. “My Daddy’s” will be her fast answer. while younger Tommy got here to the microphone, he acknowledged with a few authority, “Now, hear. ” after which he may rattle via what was once on his brain. Tom, Frances, and their young ones more often than not celebrated a Swedish Christmas each one Christmas Eve with Frances’s kin, the Johnsons, and so they all started what turned a Monson Christmas culture of examining with the relatives the tale of the Savior’s delivery from the e-book of Luke. Tom might use such events to stress: “Giving, now not getting, brings to complete bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, acquaintances remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the image window of the soul, and we glance out upon the world’s busy lifestyles and turn into extra drawn to humans than issues. To seize the true which means of the ‘spirit of Christmas,’ we'd like purely drop the final syllable, and it turns into the ‘Spirit of Christ. ’”15 different traditions for the Monsons integrated caroling with their local neighbors out at the circle in entrance in their domestic and examining The Mansion, a narrative by way of American clergyman Henry Van Dyke. Tom could additionally learn A Christmas Carol, through Charles Dickens. He specifically beloved the sentiment: “I have constantly considered Christmas time, while it has come round—. . . as a great time: a sort, forgiving, charitable, friendly time; the single time i do know of, within the lengthy calendar of the 12 months, whilst women and men look by way of one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to consider humans lower than them as though they honestly have been fellow-passengers . . . and never one other race of creatures certain on different trips. ”16 Tom Monson may have written these tales himself, as they expressed the deep emotions of his center: “In this fabulous dispensation of the fulness of instances, our possibilities to provide of ourselves are certainly unlimited, yet also they are perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are style phrases to claim. There are presents to take delivery of. There are deeds to be performed. There are souls to be kept. ”17 Notes - bankruptcy 12: “Have braveness, My Boy” Epigraph. Interview with Richard G. Scott, 28 August 2009. ^1. Interview with TSM, 15 April 2009; see additionally Thomas S. Monson, “The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift,” Ensign, could 2007, fifty seven. ^2. “The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift,” fifty seven. ^3. Letter from Presiding Bishopric to TSM, 28 July 1955.

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