Thomas S. Monson
" . . . We are here upon the earth at a remarkable period in its history. Our opportunities are almost limitless, and yet we also face a multitude of challenges, some of them unique to our time. . . .
"We can help ourselves in our desire to do what is right if we put ourselves in places and participate in activities where our thoughts are influenced for good and where the Spirit of the Lord will be comfortable."
President Monson, October 2011 general conference
Thomas Spencer Monson
He became the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008, after serving as First Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley and as Second Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter and to President Ezra Taft Benson.
He was ordained an Apostle on October 10, 1963, at the age of 36, after having served as the president of the Church’s Canadian Mission.
First Presidency, 2010