President Monson has made care for poor and sick a hallmark of his ministry

At the age of 22, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson started his lifelong calling of lending a helping hand, visiting the sick and comforting the lonely. He had just been called as the bishop of his ward of 1,060 members. He spent his Christmas vacation from work visiting each one of the 85 widows in his ward, hand-delivering a card and wishing each one a Merry Christmas.

President Monson grew up in a house with parents who prepared him for a lifetime of service. He lived with his family near railroad tracks where homeless or transient people often came knocking on their door, looking for food or a little help. His mother always welcomed them into her kitchen, poured them a glass of milk and fixed them a sandwich. He learned to love serving others by watching the example his parents set.

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