Thomas S. Monson, President & beloved Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, passed away on January 2nd 2018.
"In addition to his deep love of scripture, Monson was also a lifelong reader of great literary works, often, over his 55 years of service, using themes and stories from novels, poetry and musicals to express his faith and offer counsel to members of the church". The value of looking at some of his favorites is clear, as is his observation that "we become like those whom we admire".
He said of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic account, "The Great Stone Face," we adopt the mannerisms, the attitudes, even the conduct of those whom we admire — and they are usually our friends."
Some of President Monson's Favorites used in many of his talks.
"My Kingdom," by Louisa May Alcott
"I do not ask for any crown but that which all may win; Nor try to conquer any world except the one within."
King Author quoted from Camelot.
"Do not let your passions destroy your dreams"
"A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us."
President Monson suggested that this quote also refers to our own day saying: "This is your world. The future is in your hands. The outcome is up to you. The way to exaltation is not a freeway featuring unlimited vision, unrestricted speeds and untested skills."
Favorite Quote"It's Up to You," by Clinton T. Howell
You are the one who has to decide Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside ... Whether you’ll strive for the goal that’s afar Or just be content to stay where you are.
*25 literary favorites President Thomas S. Monson quoted in talks, devotionals By Lottie Peterson Johnson Published: January 3, 2018