About the Authors:
PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON has served as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008. He was called as an Apostle in 1963 at the age of thirty-six. After serving as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and then President Howard W. Hunter, he served as first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1995 to 2008.
Thomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He had a distinguished career in the publishing industry.
He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle.
He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
DAN BURR earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children and numerous farm animals on twelve acres of river-bottom land in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan is a well-known Christian illustrator who also specializes in wildlife renderings. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and The Mansion.
In my opinion:
I've always adored President Thomas S. Monson and his stories. So, I was excited to see his newest book, One Little Match. The illustrations by Dan Burr were amazing and the story definitely demonstrated the blessings of obedience. Once it arrived, I quickly read it with my children. Eli didn't like the fire so it was a good teaching moment. I know he is a tad bit young but he was excited for me to read a book by our dear sweet prophet. Another message from the book that I received is the importance of following the spirit. If we always listen, we will be guided in the right way. I'm sure there will be many more stories by President Monson and I look forward to reading them. I definitely recommend One Little Match to everyone. Very sweet story!
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