Teachings of Thomas S. Monson (Hardcover)

by Thomas S. Monson


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A lifetime of teachings from President Thomas S. Monson. Teachings of Thomas S. Monson is the ideal companion volume to the prophet's bestselling biography, To the Rescue.

    This comprehensive collection:
  • Gives quick, easy access to key teachings on scores of gospel topics representing nearly half a century of teaching
  • Provides President Monson's teachings topically in alphabetical order
  • Includes a scripture index so readers can find what President Monson taught about specific scriptural passages

An invaluable resource for all who are involved in teaching the gospel or learning more from President Thomas S. Monson.

In February 2008, Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recognized as leader and prophet by millions of Church members worldwide, he has traveled the globe in his service as a General Authority, a ministry that spans nearly five decades, beginning with his call into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 1963.

Following are a few brief examples of the content readers will find here:

On adversity:
Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. . . . We can rely on the faith and testimony of others only so long. Eventually we must have our own strong and deeply placed foundation, or we will be unable to withstand the storms of life, which will come.

On discipleship:
Develop a yearning to know the Lord, to understand His commandments, and to follow Him. Then shadows of despair are dispelled by rays of hope, sorrow yields to joy, and the feeling of being lost in the crowd of life vanishes with the certain knowledge that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us.

On Jesus Christ:
From time to time the question has been posed, "If Jesus appeared to you today, what questions would you ask of Him?" My answer has always been, "I would not utter a word. I would listen to Him."

On service:
God bless all who endeavor to be their brother's keeper, who give to ameliorate suffering, who strive with all that is good within them to make a better world. Have you noticed that such individuals have a brighter smile? Their footsteps are more certain. They have an aura about them of contentment and satisfaction, even dedication, for one cannot participate in helping others without experiencing a rich blessing himself.

On youth:
Although there have always been challenges in the world, many of those which you face are unique to this time. But you are some of our Heavenly Father's strongest children, and He has saved you to come to the earth "for such a time as this" (Esther 4:14). With His help, you will have the courage to face whatever comes.

Whether you're preparing a lesson, planning a talk, teaching your family, or just seeking to be uplifted and motivated to live the gospel more fully, you'll appreciate Teachings of Thomas S. Monson.

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  • Size:  6" x 9"
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  September 2011

About the Author

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.


If any of us feels his challenges are beyond his capacity to meet them, let him or her read of Job. By so doing, there comes the feeling, “If Job could endure and overcome, so will I.”

Job was a “perfect and upright” man who “feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1). Pious in his conduct, prosperous in his fortune, Job was to face a test which could have destroyed anyone. Shorn of his possessions, scorned by his friends, afflicted by his suffering, shattered by the loss of his family, he was urged to “curse God, and die” (Job 2:9). He resisted this temptation and declared from the depths of his noble soul, “Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high” (Job 16:19). “I know that my redeemer liveth” (Job 19:25).

Job became a model of unlimited patience. To this day we refer to those who are long-suffering as having the patience of Job. He provides an example for us to follow. (“Models to Follow,” Ensign, November 2002, 60)

Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.

The counsel heard in our youth is still applicable today and should be heeded. “Hold your horses,” “Keep your shirt on,” “Slow down,” “Don’t be in such a hurry,” “Follow the rules,” “Be careful” are more than trite expressions. They describe sincere counsel and speak the wisdom of experience. . . .

In sickness, with its attendant pain, patience is required. If the only perfect man who ever lived—even Jesus of Nazareth—was called upon to endure great suffering, how can we, who are less than perfect, expect to be free of such challenges?

Who can count the vast throngs of the lonely, the aged, the helpless—those who feel abandoned by the caravan of life as it moves relentlessly onward and then disappears beyond the sight of those who ponder, who wonder, and who sometimes question as they are left alone with their thoughts. Patience can be a helpful companion during such stressful times. (“Patience—A Heavenly Virtue,” Ensign, November 1995, 59)

I believe that I can learn patience by better studying the life of our Lord and Savior. Can you imagine the disappointment which He must have felt, knowing that He had the keys to eternal life, knowing that He had the way for you and for me to gain entrance into the celestial kingdom of God, as He took His gospel to those people in the meridian of time and saw them reject Him and reject His message? Yet He demonstrated patience. He accepted His responsibility in life, even to the cross, the Garden of Gethsemane preceding it. I would hope to learn patience from the Lord. (“A Time to Choose,” BYU Devotional, January 16, 1973)


If any of us feels his challenges are beyond his capacity to meet them, let him or her read of Job. By so doing, there comes the feeling,...


We need not feel that we must be without fault in order to receive the blessings of God. He will take us from where we stand now if we will come...
Wonderfuly Inspired Messages

by  Marilyn  -   reviewed on  September 21, 2012

I met President Monson over 30 years ago while riding a bus outside of Utah. I remember at that young age I was impressed at the special aura and kindness about him then and felt it again upon reading his inspired words in this book. I appreciated being able to look up his messages by topic depending on what I needed at that day..hour..whenever. Loved it and highly recommend.

Perspective is Perfect

by  B  -   reviewed on  March 27, 2012

I love that this book offers so many quotes that could be used for lessons or for those 2 minutes when you need a pick-me-up. President Monson's words are not only positive, but also conversational. For this reason I have used this book as a daily devotional book.


by  Justin  -   reviewed on  March 26, 2012

This is a great book for your library if you want inspirational, essential teachings from our prophet today. My favorite part of the book is arranged alphabetically by topic. This makes it a great aid to your scripture study as well as just a good resources for talks and lessons. Highly recommneded.

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