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Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson is current living prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Monson became the president of the church on February 4th, 2008, following the death of President Gordon B Hinckley.
Prior to serving as president of the church, Thomas S. Monson was first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley (set apart on March 12, 1995). He was previously set apart as second counselor to President Howard W. Hunter on June 5, 1994. He also served as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson from Nov. 10, 1985, until President Benson's death on May 30, 1994. President Monson served 22 years in the Quorum of the Twelve, sustained as an apostle on Oct. 4, 1963, and ordained an apostle Oct. 10, 1963, at age 36. Before being called as a General Authority, he was general manager of Deseret Press. His association with Deseret Press began in 1948, where he served as an advertising executive. Later he was named sales manager of the press, then one of the West's largest commercial printing companies. He is the author of a number of books and has served on a number of corporation boards. Born Aug. 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah in business management, and received an MBA degree from BYU. In April 1981, Brigham Young University
Latter-day Saints teach that Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and many others headed dispensations of the gospel. Divine blessings and commandments were bestowed appropriate to the circumstances of the faithful people of God in each dispensation.
The gospel dispensation of Abraham includes the patriarchal order of the priesthood and the eternal marriage covenant (D&C 131:1-4; 132:28-30; see also Marriage: Eternal Marriage), by which the Abrahamic Covenant is perpetuated from generation to generation among the faithful. Abraham was given a promise of innumerable posterity both in the world and out of the world. This promise is renewed for all who obey the gospel of Jesus Christ and receive the priesthood covenant of celestial marriage, "and by this law is the continuation of the works of [the] Father" among mankind both in time and eternity (D&C 132:31-33). The restoration of all things included the restoration of the keys to Joseph Smith to make it possible in modern times for all who do the works of Abraham to inherit the covenant and blessings of Abraham.
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