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July 16, 2024


Photos are by Scot Facer Proctor and images by Maurine Proctor.

President Thomas S. Monson’s 85 years was celebrated in music, song and video segments Friday night at the LDS Conference Center before a near-capacity crowd who joined together at one point to sing the traditional “Happy Birthday” to the prophet they love. President Monson, seated with his family on the front row, was all smiles as Broadway songs, traditional music, and religious favorites were performed that had special significance to his life. With the theme “Golden Days: A Celebration of Life”, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square opened the evening with the joyous “I Think the World is Glorious” whose words include “I sing a song of joy and love.” In part the evening felt like Broadway with stellar singers Rebecca Luker, Stanford Olsen and Dallyn Vail Bayles filling the massive hall with strains like “Tomorrow” from Annie, “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera” and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables. Yet each song was also a commentary on something from President Monson’s life because he loves the music and so many of the messages of Broadway. For instance, President Monson’s devotion to the lost and lonely was a prelude to “Bring Him Home” sung by Dallyn Vail Bayles, rendered so movingly the audience jumped to a standing ovation. Pre-recorded tributes were also given by his counselors President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and President Henry B. Eyring as well as Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve. So come in photo to a glorious birthday celebration and learn more about President Monson’s life.


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