SALT LAKE CITY — Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is celebrating his 83rd birthday Saturday, Aug. 21.

"President Thomas S. Monson will celebrate his 83rd birthday eating cake with his fellow church leaders. A private family celebration will be held in the evening," according to church spokesman Scott Trotter.

President Monson was born on Aug. 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City, to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson. He was named as the 16th president of the church on Feb. 4, 2008, and was sustained to the position April 5 that same year.

President Monson was set apart as the first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley on March 12, 1995. He was also set apart as president of the Quorum of the Twelve on that date. He had previously served as second counselor to both President Howard W. Hunter, in 1994, and President Ezra Taft Benson, in 1985.

President Monson was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve on Oct. 4, 1963, and ordained an apostle on Oct. 10, 1963, at age 36.

Before being called as a general authority, he was general manager of Deseret Press. He began employment with the Deseret News in 1948 as an advertising executive and was later chairman of the board of the Deseret News, a position he held for 19 years.

President Monson also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was ordained a bishop at age 22 in Salt Lake City and was called as president of the Canadian Mission in 1959.

— Lynn Arave