The first book of the year that I chose to read was "To the Rescue the Biography of Thomas Spencer Monson." I have finished this book now, and have found it to be an amazing reflection on his life. I don't know if it is bad to say that you have a favorite Prophet of the church, but President Thomas Spencer Monson has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. He is a true inspiration to all who meet him. He is truly a man of God who isn't afraid of anyone or anything. This is probably the most inspirational book that I have read in my lifetime and I would encourage all of you to read it. To reread it, and to share it with others. I went through this book as if I was studying it for school. Highlighted the things that really meant something to me, and have decided to live more like he has. President Monson has given so much to the members of the church. He has inspired many to come back to the LDS faith, he has taught many who have been baptized into the church, and now as the living called of God Prophet he stands and blesses us all. Please if there is only one book you pick up and read this year, let it be this book. I promise you will feel like a better person when you are done, and you will be able to see a greatness in everyone.
Here is a poem that President Monson's dad wrote about him as an infant. "Dear Baby Monson with your wee pink toes, And your wee little mouth Like the bud of a rose; May this new world to your wondering mind, Unfold its treasures good and kind. Intelligence, wisdom, happiness, too, Are the riches that I wish for you."
Quotes from the book, "To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson."
"When God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right."
"Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies."
"Decisions determine destiny."
"When you are on the Lord's errand, you are entitled to the Lord's help."
"Your decision to think right, choose right, and do right will rarely if ever be the easiest course to follow."
"You do not find the happy life-you make it."
"The power to lead is the power to mislead, and the power to mislead is the power to destroy."
"Good habits....are the soul's muscles; the more you use them, the stronger they grow."
"Life is like a candid camera; it does not wait for you to pose."
"The door of history turns on small hinges, and so do people's lives."
"As we look heavenward, we inevitably learn of our responsibility to reach outward."