Pres. Thomas S. Monson is THE man!!!
I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet.President Monson is not
president of the "Mormon" church. He is president of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Bill in Nebraska wrote:"Those who decide that they must be told
to do so is a slothful servant. We should help our fellow beings because it is
the right thing to do, not because we are going to get a blessing for
it."That is why I don't follow the "commandments" of
any "god". I do not need to be told to do what is right, nor do I need
to be told what right is.
When the commandments of God has been included in the laws of man, then there is
safety there. When laws of man differs from the commandments of God, there is
no safety there.As the Savior said to the rich man, give all that
you have and follow me, he was unable to do so. IT is the same when you take
the agency of man away. the Lord doesn't was us to be compelled to help as
government does but to do of our own admonition.Those who decide
that they must be told to do so is a slothful servant. We should help our
fellow beings because it is the right thing to do, not because we are going to
get a blessing for it. Look at all the celebrities or those who say see what I
did is like one showing how much of his alms they have given. I don't think it
is anyone's business but the Lord's how much I have donated for this or that.
It isn't anyone's business if I have helped this or that person except me and
that person. That is what President Monson has done.
Thinkman, Just because he didn't aspire too the calling
doesn't mean he doesn't deserve it. Peter repeatedly told Christ he wasn't
worthy to even be in his presence, letalone hold the keys of the kingdom of God.
I think it is more admirable that he didn't aspire to his callings in the church
and yet has served honorably and any nothing short of 100% devotion all without
receiving a single penny. I think he stands with short company on the list when
you look at it that way.
Charles - you said..."Pres. Monson has done all of his acts of kindness
because he is following the admonition of the Savior and he is doing it of his
own choice --- no compelling."So is it your assertion that is
improper for the government to compel people to do the right things. IF that is
the case, then the government should also no have the right to mandate
compliance with;- laws that compel morals like chastity- laws
that compel divorced dads to provide for their kids- laws that compel
obedience to the word of wisdom - vis a vie Utah's wine and spirits laws-
laws that compelled military service- laws legislating relationships like
who is allowed to marry whom- laws that compel you to render aid to
accident victims- plus many other laws that "compel" people to
make moral choicesYet we know the church has stood steadfast by
these laws that compel people to choose moral paths. You are perfectly right to
believe as you will. But placing caring for the poor and needy as a civil
priority does not make one a socialist, nor show a lack of faith.President Monson has been a shinning example here.
Oh LDS Lib: great to see you took my advice and came supporting the prophet you
raise your hand to sustain.In your attempt to slam those who don't
believe like you and condemn LDS church memebers who are opposed to
unconstitutional mandates, you forget to tell the rest of the story.Pres. Monson has done all of his acts of kindness because he is following the
admonition of the Savior and he is doing it of his own choice --- no
compelling.But hey, you wouldn't be you if you didn't try to
disguise Satan's plan as the Lord's plan on each and every thread.Go
President Monson and all who follow the Lord and help the poor and needy because
it is the right thing to do!
I can't help but believe Pres. Monson's adding the more Liberal; 4th Mission of
the LDS Church, must've helped.1. Proclaim the gospel;2.
Perfect the Saints;3. Redeem the dead; and4. Care for the poor and
needy.All those years of helping the poor old Widows and Immigrants,
being the very 1st to help....Go President Monson.
If the calls were evenly divided by state that would be 1019 calls, 20 calls per
state.1% of 1019 = 10.19 so with almost 2% of the calls
made to residents of Utah, it is not surprising that at most 11 people mentioned
I am happy for President Monson and he seems like a good man who deserves to be
recoginzed and honored; Pat Robinson and the other prophets should have been
I think it would be well for us to each make our own list of people we admire
and then set out to incorporate the good things we admire in that person into
our own lives. Our lists will include family members, neighbors, other
relatives,local church and civic leaders and so forth just to name a few
possibilities. I know President Monson would be on my list but so would my
parents and some of my friends as well. Doing this gives the poll a whole new
meaning. I admire President Monson for all the good things I see in him. He is
tops in my book.So start making your lists and set some good goals to be like
the ones we most admire in our own lives.
I'm not surprised, when I learned how young he was when called as a Bishop, and
that he never quit serving "his" widows, and even today visits those
who still are living, I am reminded of what service really means. That our
Prophet finds time to do that, still, is a lesson in itself! His sense of humor,
way with a story, his ability to teach, his humble way of being, every Church
member has heard stories, and he never says a lot about himself, it's all what
others have said. How can one not admire that? He is number one in my book, and
although I do not want to take away from what others have done--and I'm sure
President Monson would not want us to deny anyone's good works--I would put him
right at the top of any list.
Mc @ 9:40 AM: Are you telling us that Fox News didn't really do it's homework. I
can't imagine that...As for people concerned that Mormons are 2% yet
President Monson only got 1%, keep in mind that half of Mormondom across the
county is "less active." Also, a sampling of 1000 respondents could
just as easily contain no LDS members as have 20 or even 50.
Great honor for a great man. But the part of this story that is truly
disturbing, due to what it reveals about what Americans hold has the standard of
admiration, is the fact that they admire politicians...and two of the most
corrupt of our lifetime to boot....Hillary and Obama. Two politicians who have
made their carrers on a progressive encroachment of government on individual
freedoms in the name of social causes aimed at confiscating the fruit of one
man's labor to give it to others to gain the votes of those constiuents. The
great political thinker, Thomas Sowell, summarized this Alinsky style radicalism
of Obama and Hillary who he said organize: "the resentments and paranoia
within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from
whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or
tactics will accomplish that purpose." If that is what Americans find
admirable, I'm ashamed to be called an American.
They should have put this poll out in North Korea. Similar to what we see here,
it would have skewed the results, but not have reflected the larger society of
If LDS make up 2% of the US population, then I wonder why Thomas Monson only
received 1%.Persons I most admire is my 3 children for their acts of
kindness to me and my wife. I also admire my siblings who are taking care of my
elderly sickly parents in my absence as they are thankfully only a few minutes
drive away while myself and other siblings are at least a half day or more drive
away. Above all, I most admire my wife who has welcomed my children into her
life. As for public figures, I most admire teachers, fireman and law
enforcement and military folks who teach protect and defend.
#1 on my list.
Steve,Didn't you know that already?I must confess, it
puzzles me why that would be the case. Monson did nothing to earn his position.
He did nothing to be elected to his position. If I understand Mormon belief as
regards "callings", he did not aspire to nor do anything to
"merit" the position he is currently in.By contrast, with
the possible exception of Pope Benedict, everyone else on that list is
"admired" because of their accomplishments and achievements - because
they "earned" the honors, glory, and positions they occupy.
I am juts thrilled to death that Kim Kardashian didn't garner top spot for most
admired females. Perhaps there is hope for this nation, but I doubt it.
In reporting this story, I think the Deseret News has a responsibility to
mention that people such as Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich were tied with
President Monson at 1 percent as the low-enders in this top 10 list and that LDS
make up 2 percent of the U.S. population. The poll basically shows that many of
us Latter-day Saints admire President Monson.
President Monson definately deserved the award but some of the people mentioned
in the article are very questionable.
This poll showed that 17% voted for Obama and Clinton. That means 83% did not!
I Americans knew President Monson for what he is and what he's done...he would
easily be number one. President Monson, though, is in no popularity contest,
and has no desire other than to serve God the best he can.
The Gallup results provide interesting insights if you take time to dig into the
results. Other Websites indicate the sample size of the Gallup survey was 1019
people. If the LDS Population was modeled accurately we should represent about
20 people- or two percent in the poll. For some reason only half of this 20
chose to Most admire President Monson. I wonder who those Saints are? But what
was most surprising was Other seemed to consistently beat out the so-called
Leaders. I would assume others are parents, siblings or people who are in
frequent interaction the poll participants. I find this healthy that a sizeable
portion of the American public is not wrapped in the worship of Cult of
personality. So what does the poll mean with Gingrich, the Pope and Bill Gates
being more popular than President Monson? Perhaps we game the polls better than
other minority groups disproportionately to our polling size
This list tells more about Americans than it does about those on the list.Most Admired" - what does that really mean?17% of
people "most admire" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President
Barack Obama. Clinton has been the Most Admired Woman each of
the last 10 years, and Obama has been the Most Admired Man four years in a
row.Three times as many people "most admire" George W.
Bush than President Monson and Twice as many "most admire" former
President Bill Clinton (who was impeached for unmentionable behavior).The list includes Billy Graham and Warren Buffett ahead of Monson, and Monson
tied with Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, Pope Benedict, and Bill Gates.It appears people most admire the rich, the powerful, or the famous/popular:
fame, fortune, & power... All things warned against by Jesus and Holy
When Fox News reported on the top 10 they didn't even mention Pres. Monson,
though his name and picture were up there. Obviously, they didn't know who he
was or why he would be in the top 10. Too bad they didn't do a little research
so they could tell their audience who that 10th person is. I'll bet a lot of
people were wondering who "Monson" was. They sure missed the chance
for a great story. Pres. Monson is an amazing person!
Moderators, what? Afraid to let someone give an explanation of their opinion
that isn't all "faith promoting"?2nd attempt:=====It's hard to admire someone who calls upon his followers to
disenfranchise his fellow American Citizens.Sorry, but that's the
way I see it.
If people knew of his private acts of kindness, they would be even more
Well, Mitt did not make the list. Maybe President Monson should run for
It does not matter if he only received 1% of the vote. What matters is that he
is recognized for who he is. You do not have to be Mormon to look up to
He is very much Admired and a person who listens
Congratulations, President Monson! I personally appreciate your lifelong example
of caring for others and taking the time to serve your fellow man in even small
acts, despite the busy demands of your schedule. We also love that you spent
many boyhood summers at your Grandpa Condie's farm out here in Granger--long
before we became West Valley City.
Morgan,With LDS at 2% of US population, 1% equals half of LDS
polled, selected President Monson.Compare to Catholics at 22% US
population, their 1% for the Pope is the one I raise my eye browse over....
Why did he only receive 1% of the vote.
I'm currently reading President Monson's biography, "To The Rescue,"
and as much as I admired him before, I admire even more now.Specifically, his work in dealing with communist leaders in the former East
Germany in getting a temple built behind the Iron Curtain was nothing short of
miraculous.Along with that, his memory skills and work ethic are
also quite incredible. Sure, there are some who likely look at
President Monson with different levels of criticism or contempt. That should be
expected when it comes to the head of any major religious denomination. But
those who have watched him over the years has he has conducted sessions of
General Conference, dedicated temples and reached out to leaders of other faiths
know the man has tremendous character and strength.President Monson,
we love you!
He should be on the list just for what he has done for scouting, not to mention
that other thing he does..oh, yeah, being a Prophet of God on this mortal plain
Shaun - he got 1 percent of the vote. On average, LDS make up 2 percent of the
population. Very well deserved but a little discouraging who else
got 1 percent of the vote.Lets see if we can get him to 2 percent
I am so glad he made it. He has such a good outlook on life and is so humorous.
Good going, President Monson.
I don't get how that many people know him.
I think I missed the link in the article, but thanks for reporting on it.
well deserved. he should be #1.
Well deserved. He's certainly on my list.