Thomas s monson service stories

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A Christmas Dress for Ellen by Thomas S. Monson

On Christmas Eve, 1927, in the prairie town of Hillsspring, Alberta, Canada, a young mother, Mary Jeppson, was getting her five small children ready for bed. Her heart was full of sorrow, for there was nothing to fill the stockings, and there would be only a little mush for breakfast. Mary had written to her sisters in Idaho, asking for help with such necessities as wheat, yeast, flour, and cornmeal. She had also asked for clothing and some old, used quilts, for all of hers were thin and full of holes.
At the close of the letter, she had written, If you could just find a dress that someone has outgrown, I could make it over to fit Ellen. She is far too somber for such a young girl. She worries so about the family and about our needs. She has only one dress that she wears all the time, and it is patched and faded.

Her letter had gone unanswered, it seemed, and their Christmas would be far from merry. But George Schow, their mailman, had a surprise in store. Could he brave the coming storm and bitter cold to deliver a Christmas miracle? And would there be a special present for Ellen? Find out in this classic tale of Christmas sacrifice and service.

About this book: President Thomas S. Monson told the story A Christmas Dress for Ellen at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional in 1997, and an adaption of his address was published as a Christmas booklet in 1998. The story was related to President Monson by Marian Jeppson Walker (now deceased), a daughter of Mary Jeppson, the mother in the story. Sister Walker and her husband, William, also exchanged correspondence about the story with President Monson over the years. Additional details were obtained through correspondence with descendants of George Schow, the mailman who delivered the long-looked-for packages to the Jeppson family on Christmas Eve. In addition to other family members, those descendants include Mark Schow (now deceased) and Gayla Woolf Holt. The help and information from all these family members is acknowledged and appreciated.
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Dare to Stand Alone

The Remarkable Life of Thomas S. Monson

We will remember President Monson as someone whose sense of duty and love moved him to serve God and his fellowmen. President Thomas Spencer Monson had a wide, contagious smile, and he loved to make others laugh. But one of the most memorable things about President Monson was his storytelling. Like the Savior Himself, President Monson often used stories to teach important gospel truths. Stories from his life gave us a glimpse of who he was: an obedient servant, an example to others, and a man dedicated to service. At the age of 22, President Monson was called as the bishop of the ward he grew up in.

Mary, Did You Worry?

In memory of our recent Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, we reflect on his life before he was Prophet. Our beloved prophet passed away peacefully , surrounded by his family at age 90 the evening of January 2, May we never forgot his powerful words and always remember the legacy of our beloved Prophet. She told them to write to their mothers and return home To the Rescue. Spence would carry Elias to their car and drive it around, so Elias could enjoy seeing the city. Under the Christmas tree, Tommy unwrapped the long-awaited electric train.

His firm faith and stalwart testimony have inspired the lives of so many. BYU has had the privilege of hearing from President Monson on 13 different occasions from to He spoke of decisions and destiny, light and truth. In his memory, we have a selection of his stories from BYU devotionals. I gazed up at the wall which faces the First Presidency, and there I observed a portrait of each President of the Church. Each one has guided us; his writings have stimulated us; his messages have inspired us. To show us the way, we have those whom the Lord has provided.

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