Thomas S. Monson loved spending summers at his family's cabin in Utah's Vivian Park. One summer day, he and his best friend, Danny, decided to clear a field so they could gather with their friends and have a campfire that night. The tall, stubborn weeds would not pull out easily. So Tommy had the idea to burn them up instead.
He knew he shouldn't use matches without permission from his parents. But he ignored the feeling that warned him of the danger and raided the matchbox in the cabin. Back in the field, he lit one little match and prepared to set the parched June grass ablaze...
Readers of all ages will resonate with this wonderful true story that demonstrates the blessings of obedience and "the dangers that can come from something as small as one little match."
- Size: 9x11
- Pages: 32
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain 2014
- ISBN: 978-1-60907-868-3
About the Authors
PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON has served as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008. He was called as an Apostle in 1963 at the age of thirty-six. After serving as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and then President Howard W. Hunter, he served as first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1995 to 2008.
Thomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He had a distinguished career in the publishing industry.
He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle.
He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
DAN BURR, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children’s books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.
by Heidi - reviewed on March 14, 2014
I loved this beautiful book! The illustrations are gorgeous and help tell the story very well. And the author tells the story in his typical straightforward and simple way. This is a powerful story about the need for rules and laws and what can happen when we ignore them. Tommy makes one seemingly small decision and it had disastrous results. It's a reminder that the choices we make do have consequences that we generally can't control. Highly recommended.
A Great Story and Lesson Combined
by Rachelle - reviewed on March 04, 2014
This story is delightful and at the same time inspirational as we learn of a powerful lesson in obedience that Thomas gained at a young age. It was fun to read the story I had previously enjoyed hearing during general conference. The illustrations are perfect for the story with detail to bring it to life and keep the lesson imprinted in your children's minds. I read this book to my kids age 10, 8, 5, and 3 and each of them enjoyed it. I recommend this as a great gift book, supplement to use as a lesson for Family night, and just for fun as you re-read the story again and again.
by Shauna - reviewed on March 13, 2014
One of the things we most love about President Thomas S. Monson is his willingness to beautifully share personal experiences with us. Here he tells us of a time when as a little boy he made a poor decision. In his mind he thought it would work out so perfectly. Just use one little match to burn the weeds that would take forever to pull by hand. He thought that it would somehow just go out when the circle was big enough for his friends to have a campfire. But in reality it was not the best of plans. He knew he was doing a wrong by using the match. Now so many years later he easily could have kept this part of his life from us. Instead he shares with us to teach us the lesson of obedience. "Rules and laws are created to keep us safe." Beautifully told! Beautifully illustrated! A book for the whole family!
very well written
by Brett - reviewed on March 03, 2014
One little match is a great read for a person of any age. I enjoyed it very much. It is a great book for any family collection. The illustrations are well done. I would highly recommend this book
Wonderful story and beautifully illustrated!
by Customer - reviewed on March 03, 2014
One Little Match is beautifully illustrated and shares the story that President Monson gave during General Conference about his summer at his family's cabin when he was eight. The story is the perfect length for children and makes a wonderful family home evening lesson! It shows the importance of being obedient and following the rules your parents have given you. It is a wonderful story that demonstrates to children how rules and commandments keep us safe. And how one small decision can have a huge consequence, no matter how well the intent was. Kids big and small and adults of all ages will love President Monson's One Little Match! I received a copy of this book for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A terrific lesson in obedience for the whole family
by katie - reviewed on March 04, 2014
I remember listening to this story in General Conference and thinking of how many life experiences President Monson has had. Even the stories where he makes mistakes are such a great learning experience and have such great messages for me to pull out of them. This one is no exception. This story gives me hope--I'm not perfect and neither are my kids. Every one of us can learn from our mistakes and set our course on the straight path because of them. I read this one with my two youngest kids and even they remembered the story. The pictures are amazing and beautiful! I love the way they portray the story so well--it's one my kids have asked to read over and over again. The final message is one that has stuck with me: You have no idea what will result from one little seemingly harmless decision. It's so important to remain obedient and to receive those blessings from doing so.