“President Monson Receives Exemplary Manhood Award,” Ensign, Jan. 1998, 79
President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, received the 1997 Exemplary Manhood Award given by Brigham Young University students. Alternating each year with the Exemplary Womanhood Award, the honor has been given since 1959 to men and women who set an outstanding example of living gospel principles and serving others. Past award recipients have included President Gordon B. Hinckley and his wife, Marjorie.
“You are very personal with people and show a great love for individuals and especially children,” said BYU student-body president Dallin M. Anderson to President Monson at an award luncheon held 24 October 1997 in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. “Your smile and your humor are a wonderful example and appreciated.”
President Monson directed his remarks at the luncheon to students. “It’s a great time of your life,” he said. “Don’t daydream about tomorrow. Don’t moan about yesterday, but live in today and always be your best self.”