Hidden Talents and Surprising Hobbies of Modern-Day Prophets

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometimes feel as if they know everything about their church leaders. And why not? With General Conference addresses twice every year and dozens more devotionals and speeches scattered in between, church members hear their share of their leaders’ personal experiences. But members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have little-known hobbies and hidden talents some members might not know about. Here are a few.

Thomas S. Monson - Pigeon raising

President Monson first took an interest in raising pigeons as a young boy. At one point, his teachers quorum adviser gave him a homing pigeon to care for. In the process of caring for the bird, young Thomas S. Monson learned how to minister to the members of his quorum as well.

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