The visit to the press and seeing the pages recording a great portion of his life's history was, in a way, an early birthday gift.
The smell of printers ink and the hum of the huge press helped President Monson feel he was in his element at the printing services building. Before being called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1963, he was general manager of Deseret Press. He began employment with the Deseret News in 1948 as an advertising executive and was chairman of the Deseret News board for 19 years. He is a past president of the Printing Industry of Utah and officer of Printing Industries of America. He was inducted into the Utah Printers Hall of Fame in April 2009.
"This is like coming home," President Monson said. "This (on the printing floor) is where I learned the trade."
Looking up at the 216-ton web press on which the first signature of his book was being printed, President Monson exclaimed, "I'm glad I don't have to hand-feed that!"