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Biography of LDS church president released

Biography of LDS church president released

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To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson
To the Rescue is the much-anticipated official biography of President Thomas S. Monson. Beginning with President Monson's family heritage and his early years in Salt Lake City, it includes his vocational preparation and his career in the world of journalism. More importantly, this inspiring book recounts his lifetime of Church service. CLICK HERE to read more.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A biography of Thomas S. Monson, the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is now available in bookstores.

"To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson" was released by church-owned publisher Deseret Book on Monday.

The 588-page volume chronicles Pres. Monson's life and includes stories that may be familiar to Latter-day Saints from the 83-year-old president's twice-yearly church conference speeches.

The book includes more than 140 photographs, many of which are from Pres. Monson's private collection.

Monson assumed the presidency of the 13.5 million-member church in February 2008.

His biography was written by author and screenwriter Heidi S. Swinton, whose work includes a PBS documentary on church founder Joseph Smith.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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