Soon after President Thomas S. Monson entered a chapel on Aug. 21, missionaries in the Sweden Stockholm Mission who had gathered for a special meeting stood and sang "Happy Birthday," first in Swedish and then in English.
President Monson, first counselor in the First Presidency, observed his 68th birthday Monday, Aug. 21. He arrived at the chapel for a meeting with missionaries at 8 a.m. His wife, Frances Johnson Monson, accompanied him.President Monson spent about three hours with the missionaries. He gave them inspiring and motivational counsel and some practical advice on how to be better missionaries. At one point, he invited each missionary to stand and state his or her name, home town and home stake. Periodically, he added some commentary about the missionaries' families or home areas he had visited during his nearly 32 years as a General Authority.
After the meeting, President and Sister Monson took time out to shake hands with each missionary. They also posed for photos with the missionaries.
Thomas S. Monson was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson.