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President Monson celebrates 82nd birthday

Thomas

S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints, is celebrating his 82nd birthday on Friday, Aug. 21.

\"President

Monson will celebrate his birthday with family members and friends at

home after the Oquirrh Mountain Temple dedication sessions,\" according

to church spokesman Scott Trotter.

President

Monson was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City to G. Spencer and

Gladys Condie Monson. He was sustained as president of the church on

April 5, 2008.He had been named as the 16th president of the church on

Feb. 4, 2008.

He was set apart as

first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley on March 12, 1995. He

also was set apart as president of the Quorum of the Twelve on that

date.

He previously had been set

apart as second counselor to President Howard W. Hunter on June 5,

1994, and as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson on Nov. 10,

1985.

President Monson was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve on Oct. 4, 1963, and ordained an apostle on Oct. 10, 1963, at age 36.

Before

being called as a general authority, he was general manager of Deseret

Press.He began employment with the Deseret News in 1948 as an

advertising executive and was later chairman of the board of the

Deseret News for 19 years.

President

Monson also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was ordained a

bishop at age 22 in Salt Lake City and was called as president of the

Canadian Mission in 1959.