Pres. Monson busy on brief Canada trip

President Thomas S. Monson and his wife, Frances, made a brief but event-filled visit to eastern Canada Aug. 8-12.

During their visit, President Monson and Sister Monson:- Paid a personal call Friday evening, Aug. 8, on Olive W. Davies, widow of William M. Davies, who was the first stake president in eastern Canada. Brother Davies died June 27.

  • Attended a ceremony Saturday morning, Aug. 9, in the village of Bath in which President Monson dedicated a marker in honor of pioneers who brought the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to eastern Canada. (Please see article on this page.)
  • Attended a testimony meeting in the Kingston Branch chapel Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of a youth conference. President Monson spoke to the youth.
  • Went to a special meeting honoring Gustav Wacker at Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston the evening of Aug. 9. (See article on page 10.)
  • Spoke to missionaries serving in the Trenton District of the Canada Toronto East Mission at a meeting Sunday morning, Aug. 10. (Please see article on page 10.)
  • Attended a conference Sunday morning of the Trenton District. President Monson addressed the conference. President and Sister Monson concluded their trip to eastern Canada by making a personal visit to Montreal before returning home Aug. 12.

Having served from March 1959 to February 1962 as president of the Canadian Mission, with headquarters in Toronto, President Monson has a special affinity for eastern Canada and its people. Such was highly evident in action as well as words. He and Sister Monson had a happy reunion with acquaintances of long ago, including two of his counselors in the mission presidency: Everett S. Pallin, patriarch of the Toronto Ontario Stake and a worker in the Toronto Ontario Temple, and his wife, June; and Stephen M. Hadley, president of the Canada Toronto East Mission, and his wife, Shirley. Brother Pallin served as president of the Georgia Atlanta Mission from 1991-94.