President Monson’s Birthday Request

Two weeks ago today (Aug 21), Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a prophet, seer, and revelator, celebrated his 81st birthday.

Reflecting a life lived in service, and his genuine love for mankind, when asked by a Church News editor what his ideal birthday gift would be, he gave this answer:

“Do something for someone else… to make his or her life better.  Find someone who is having a hard time, or is ill, or lonely, and do something for them.  That’s all I would ask.”

So, in commemoration of the birthday of a prophet of God, I encourage you to take his counsel to heart – today.  But then let the subtle spirit of his humble request imbue itself upon your soul, that your life may be lived as his, always anxiously engaged in an effort to ease another’s burden, and help them on their way.

“Do something for someone else…”


P.S.  Please email this URL to someone else, that his request may be magnified accross the entirety of our own  personal networks.

Also, the image above is courtesy of Nathan Sharp (  I’ll have more about him and his work in a separate post shortly.  You can click the image for a larger view.

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  1. Nick Literski says:

    In response to Monson’s birthday wish, I am indeed going to do something for someone else, to make their life better. I’m going to fight against California’s Proposition 8 with every resource I have, for the thousands of “someone else’s” who are “having a hard time,” as Monson puts it. This is one of the best things I can do, to fulfill Monson’s birthday wish!


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