Oct. 4 Is President Monson's 50-Year Anniversary as Apostle

by | Oct. 03, 2013

Mormons We Know

On Friday, October 4, 1963, Thomas S. Monson walked into the Tabernacle on Temple Square and looked for and found a seat on the main floor’s north side of the building, fairly close to the front.

A photographer assigned to cover the 133rd Semiannual General Conference of the Church snapped what might well be the last photo of him as a “rank and file” member of the Church. Just moments after that picture was taken, 36-year-old Thomas S. Monson was sustained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.


Fifty years ago, at that semiannual general conference, he began his first address as a newly called General Authority with these words: 

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