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Celebrating 5 Apostles' Birthdays in August

by | Aug. 01, 2013

LDS Life


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August 21st - Thomas S. Monson

Turns: 87

Did you know? As a boy, President Monson raised prize-winning pigeons.

Also in his youth, President Monson played basketball. In one particularly close game, he was called off the bench to run a critical play. Excited and doubtless somewhat bewildered, young Tommy Monson took the ball, drove through the opposing team, and took a shot at the basket… only to realize he was shooting at the wrong end of the court—into his own basket! While thankfully the ball bounced out, he reported in a 1987 Conference address that the animated audience chanted, “We want Monson, we want Monson, we want Monson . . . OUT!”

Learn more about President Thomas S. Monson here.

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