President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and chair of the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees, will speak at a BYU campus devotional Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
President Monson became the 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ Feb. 3, 2008. He had served as a counselor in the First Presidency since Nov. 10, 1985. He was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Oct. 10, 1963, at the age of 36. Prior to that time, President Monson presided over the Church’s Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962.
In addition to his various Church leadership positions, President Monson served as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents for many years. In December 1981, President Monson was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the President’s Task Force for Private Sector Initiatives.
Since 1969, he has been a member of the National Executive Board of Boys Scouts of America. He is also a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America's Silver Buffalo and International Scouting’s highest award, the Bronze Wolf.
Professionally, President Monson has had a distinguished career in publishing and printing. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business management from The University of Utah. He earned his MBA from BYU as well as a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Writer: Ricardo Castro