Prophet Has Seen Many Noteworthy Events in Past Five Years

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  • 7 February 2013

President Thomas S. Monson and his counselors, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor, left, and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, right, at a news conference on February 4, 2008.

• February 3: Ordained and set apart as 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
• February 10: Dedicated the Rexburg Idaho Temple.
• May 25: Addressed Canada stake conference broadcast in Brampton, Ontario, for 47 stakes and five districts.
• June 1: Dedicated the Curitiba Brazil Temple.
• August 10: Dedicated the Panama City Panama Temple.
• August 24: Dedicated the Twin Falls Idaho Temple.
• November 16: Rededicated the Mexico City Mexico Temple.

• February 22: Spoke in Avon (Connecticut) Ward sacrament meeting.
• March 20–22: Dedicated the Draper Utah Temple.
• May 1: Received Honorary Doctorate of Communications from Utah Valley University; Sister Frances J. Monson also received an honorary doctorate.
• May 2: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service by Southern Utah University.
• June 20: Dedicated the Church History Library.
• June 29: Addressed a VIP reception and attended Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado.
• July 20: Presented U.S. President Barack Obama five leather-bound volumes of the president’s family history; was accompanied by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.
• August 21–23: Dedicated the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple.
• October 9–11: Visited Nauvoo, Illinois, and Kirtland, Ohio, including the Kirtland Temple.

Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivers the commencement address to 1,528 graduating students at Dixie State College of Utah's Centennial Commencement Ceremony at the Burns Arena Friday, May 6, 2011. Photo by Samantha Clemens.

• April 2: Received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities at Weber State University.
• May 2: Dedicated the Vancouver British Columbia Temple.
• May 23: Dedicated The Gila Valley Arizona Temple.
• June 13: Dedicated the Cebu City Philippines Temple.
• June 15: Visited the Hamilton New Zealand Temple and Church College of New Zealand.
• August 29: Dedicated the Kyiv Ukraine Temple.
• October 23: Broke ground for the Rome Italy Temple.
• November 21: Rededicated the Laie Hawaii Temple.

• May 1: Rededicated the Atlanta Georgia Temple.
• May 6: Received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at Dixie State College of Utah.
• August 21: Dedicated the San Salvador El Salvador Temple.
• December 11: Dedicated the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple.
• December 27: USA TODAY/Gallup Poll announced President Monson’s place in the “Most Admired Man” top 10 list; he was the first Church President to make the list.

• May 6: Dedicated the Kansas City Missouri Temple.
• June 25: Dedicated Thomas S. Monson Camp for Young Women and families at Lakehurst, Ontario, Canada.
• June 26: Addressed joint sacrament meeting of Etobicoke Ward and Churchville YSA Ward and visited with members.
• June 27: Visited Toronto Ontario Temple and attended Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square concert in Toronto (addressed VIP reception prior to concert).
• August 17: Attended “Celebration of Life” held in Conference Center in honor of his 85th birthday, which was August 21.
• September 14: Received special recognition from Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
• October 6: Announced the change of mission eligibility age to 18 for young men and 19 for young women.
• October 13–21: Addressed member meetings in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt, and visited some LDS-related sites in Germany, including the Freiberg and Frankfurt Temples.
• October 28: Dedicated the Calgary Alberta Temple.
• October 30: Addressed northern Utah stake conference (74 stakes); broadcast originated in Ogden, Utah.
• November 18: Rededicated the Boise Idaho Temple.

President Thomas S. Monson turns and speaks after placing mortar into the cornerstone during the cornerstone ceremony at the Twin Falls Idaho Temple on August 24, 2008. Photo by Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News.

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•  2013 Deseret News Church Almanac
•  To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson, by Heidi S. Swinton
•  President Thomas S. Monson
•  Timeline: Thomas S. Monson, Deseret News, Feb. 5, 2008
•  Leader biography: President Thomas S. Monson