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Genealogy Quote of the Week – Thomas S. Monson

This week’s genealogy quote comes from a talk given by Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during the Annual General Conference, April, 2011.

Thomas S. Monson

Thomas S. Monson

The following abbreviated information is taken from

Thomas Spencer Monson was born on August 21, 1927 at St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City. His parents, G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson were of Swedish, English and Scottish ancestry. He has two brothers and three sisters.

Monson grew up on Salt Lake City’s west side in close proximity to much of his extended family including grandparents, aunts and uncles.

On October 6, 1945, Monson left Salt Lake City to pursue basic training in San Diego with the United States Naval Reserve. He is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (1971), Silver Buffalo Award (1978), and of international Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf (1993).

In 1946, after the end of the war, Monson returned home and continued his education. He graduated with Honors two years later from the University of Utah with a degree in business. Following graduation, Monson began working for the Deseret news as the Assistant Classified Advertising Manager. On October 7, 1948, Monson and Frances Beverly Johnson were married in the Salt Lake Temple.

On Sunday, May 7, 1950, at the age of 22, Monson became Bishop of his boyhood ward. With about 1,060 members, the Sixth-Seventh ward was comprised of many elderly people including about 85 widows and the largest welfare load of the Church. Of the ward members, Monson said, “these were good people who never had a great deal of financial means but who loved the Lord and kept His commandments.”

On October 3, 1963, Monson was called to be a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles by President David O. McKay. President Monson was instrumental in the construction of a temple in Freiberg, Germany, behind the Iron Curtain, at a time when such a thing was considered impossible. (He was 80 years old when called as president, and prophet, seer, and revelator of the Church in 2008.)

Genealogy quote from Thomas S. Monson

Each of our temples is an expression of our testimony that life beyond the grave is as real and as certain as is our life here on earth. I so testify.

Genealogy Quote of the Week – James E. Faust

This week’s genealogy quote comes from James E.Faust, (July 31, 1920 – August 10, 2007) an American religious leader, lawyer, author, and politician. He was Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1995 until his death; an LDS Church apostle for 29 years; and a general authority of the church for 35 years.

James E. Faust

James E. Faust

James E. Faust served d in the House of Representatives for the 28th Utah State Legislature (1949) as a Democrat for Utah’s eighth district. He also served as chairperson of the Utah State Democratic Party and helped manage a campaign for Senator Frank Moss. In 1996, he was awarded with the Minuteman Award by the Utah National Guard. James Faust was appointed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy to the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. He was also an advisor to the American Bar Journal. He was made an honorary citizen of São Paulo, Brazil, and received a national Brazilian citizenship award.

Genealogy quote from James E. Faust

In the great vision in the Kirtland Temple, Elijah the prophet appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and committed the keys of temple work and the sealing power into Joseph Smith’s hands. This fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy that Elijah would be sent ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse’ (see Doctrine & Covenants 110:14–15).

So what does this mean? To turn our hearts to our fathers is to search out the names of our deceased ancestors and to perform the saving ordinances in the temple for them. This will forge a continuous chain between us and our forefathers eventually all the way back to Father Adam and Mother Eve. (From The Phenomenon That Is You by James E. Faust, Ensign, Nov. 2003, 55)

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