Thomas S. Monson
President Monson and son Clark fishing. Photo from President Monson's biography, To The Rescue.
Though President Monson often stayed late at the office, he was a dad when he was home. He mowed the lawn with the help of the boys. He planted a vegetable garden and enlisted the children to pull weeds; he took them bowling and to the movies, swimming at the Deseret Gym, sleigh riding in winter, and to the Pioneer Day parade in the summer. For the parade, they set up chairs in front of his father's printing enterprise on Main Street and cheered for President Monson's brother Bob when he rode by on his horse, positioned on the front row of the Ute Rangers and carrying the organization's flag. Often, President Monson took the boys fishinhg and duck hunting, two of their favorite passtimes.
His son Clark's fondest memories as a child are of the big breakfasts at Vivian Park with all the family, evening campfires roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, and the family chat. "Often it would be my dad leading the conversations, steering the conversations," Clark recalls. "If my dad and [his sister] Marjorie were together, they really loved to talk, and it was always fun for me to be around them."
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Read more about President Monson's family, faith, and journey in his official biography, To The Rescue.
More about the book:
To the Rescue chronicles the life and ministry of this extraordinary leader. It is filled with the heartwarming personal accounts so typical of President Monson — some that have become favorites over time and many others that have not been told before. Readers will be transported to his childhood, where he learned his first lessons about reaching out to others. They will glimpse his school experiences, his hobbies (especially his prize Birmingham roller pigeons), his military service in the navy, and his courtship with Frances Johnson, who would become his eternal companion and greatest support.
Most important, readers will observe Thomas S. Monson going “to the rescue” in his more than six decades of devoted Church service.