Chief Sponsor: Merrill F. Nelson

Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

7     Cosponsors:
8     Cheryl K. Acton
9     Carl R. Albrecht
10     Patrice M. Arent
11     Stewart E. Barlow
12     Joel K. Briscoe
13     Walt Brooks
14     Scott H. Chew
15     LaVar Christensen
16     Kay J. Christofferson
17     Kim F. Coleman
18     Bruce R. Cutler
19     Brad M. Daw
20     Susan Duckworth
21     Rebecca P. Edwards
22     Gage Froerer
23     Francis D. Gibson
24     Brian M. Greene
25     Keith Grover
26     Craig Hall
27     Timothy D. Hawkes
Sandra Hollins
Gregory H. Hughes
Eric K. Hutchings
Brian S. King
John Knotwell
Karen Kwan
Bradley G. Last
A. Cory Maloy
Daniel McCay
Michael K. McKell
Kelly B. Miles
Carol Spackman Moss
Jefferson Moss
Michael E. Noel
Derrin R. Owens
Lee B. Perry
Jeremy A. Peterson
Val L. Peterson
Dixon M. Pitcher
Val K. Potter
Marie H. Poulson
Susan Pulsipher
Tim Quinn
Paul Ray
Edward H. Redd
Marc K. Roberts
Adam Robertson
Angela Romero
Scott D. Sandall
V. Lowry Snow
Robert M. Spendlove
Raymond P. Ward
Christine F. Watkins
John R. Westwood
Mark A. Wheatley
Brad R. Wilson
Mike Winder
Travis M. Seegmiller
Norman K. Thurston


30     General Description:
31          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor honors the life and
32     service of Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of
33     Latter-day Saints.
34     Highlighted Provisions:
35          This resolution:
36          ▸     recognizes Thomas S. Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of
37     Latter-day Saints, for his exemplary life of leadership and service; and
38          ▸     expresses sympathy for his loss and gratitude for President Monson's service.
39     Special Clauses:
40          None

42     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
43          WHEREAS, Thomas Spencer Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of
44     Latter-day Saints and one of the most prominent public figures in the state of Utah over the
45     past 50 years died January 2, 2018, at 90 years of age;
46          WHEREAS, President Monson's significant influence in the state of Utah and abroad
47     through his decades-long service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints merits
48     recognition;
49          WHEREAS, President Monson was born August 21, 1927, to G. Spencer and Gladys
50     Condie Monson, in Salt Lake City, Utah;
51          WHEREAS, President Monson grew up in Salt Lake City, attended Salt Lake City
52     public schools, and began his higher education in 1944 at the University of Utah;
53          WHEREAS, President Monson briefly served in the United States Navy Reserve during
54     World War II;
55          WHEREAS, after his World War II service, President Monson returned to the
56     University of Utah and, in 1948, graduated cum laude with a business degree and married

57     Frances Beverly Johnson;
58          WHEREAS, soon after graduating from the university, President Monson joined the
59     Deseret News, where he worked as an advertising executive and eventually became general
60     manager of the Deseret News Press;
61          WHEREAS, President Monson graduated from Brigham Young University with a
62     Masters of Business Administration and received several honorary degrees;
63          WHEREAS, at age 22, President Monson was called to serve as a bishop for The
64     Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presiding over a large congregation that consisted
65     of hundreds of people, including many widows;
66          WHEREAS, after five years of service as a bishop, President Monson was called as a
67     counselor in a stake presidency, followed by a call to serve as president of The Church of Jesus
68     Christ of Latter-day Saints' mission headquartered in Toronto, Canada;
69          WHEREAS, in 1963, President Monson was called as a member of the Quorum of the
70     Twelve Apostles, making him one of the youngest men in the 20th century appointed to that
71     position;
72          WHEREAS, President Monson counseled with government leaders and served on a
73     variety of boards, including appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the President's Task
74     Force for Private Sector Initiatives in 1981 and membership on the Utah State Board of
75     Regents for several years;
76          WHEREAS, among his many services abroad, President Monson first entered East
77     Germany in 1968, decades before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, he met with East German
78     government officials and paved the way for a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of
79     Latter-day Saints to be built in Freiberg, Germany, which was first dedicated in 1985;
80          WHEREAS, President Monson was a prominent, long-time leader in the Boy Scouts of
81     America, serving as a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America
82     and earning the Silver Beaver, Silver Buffalo, Silver Fox, and Bronze Wolf honors, which are
83     the highest awards in scouting;
84          WHEREAS, before becoming prophet, President Monson served as counselor for three

85     of the presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
86          WHEREAS, President Monson was set apart as president of The Church of Jesus Christ
87     of Latter-day Saints on February 3, 2008;
88          WHEREAS, membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints grew to
89     more than 16 million at the time of his passing;
90          WHEREAS, under President Monson's leadership, The Church of Jesus Christ of
91     Latter-day Saints collaborated with other faiths and organizations in the United States and
92     abroad on causes such as homelessness, hunger, disaster-relief, and aid to refugees;
93          WHEREAS, in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, only four
94     men have served longer in church leadership;
95          WHEREAS, President Monson's wife Frances preceded him in death in 2013, and his
96     posterity includes 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren;
97          WHEREAS, tributes to President Monson have been offered from state, national, and
98     international government leaders, religious leaders, and even the Utah Jazz; and
99          WHEREAS, President Monson was known and beloved for his many qualities
100     particularly compassionate focus on the individual and humanitarian service to those in need:
101          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
102     Governor concurring therein, recognizes the lifelong dedication and service of Thomas S.
103     Monson, 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to his God, his
104     church, his family, and those in need.
105          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and Governor express deep
106     sympathy for his loss and gratitude for President Monson's life and example of service.
107          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to his children
108     Ann Monson Dibb, Thomas Lee Monson, and Clark Spencer Monson.