Mar 13, 2014

One Little Match

Book Details
Author: Thomas S. Monson
Release Date: March 2014
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Genre: Children's Picture

One of the things we most love about President Thomas S. Monson is his willingness to beautifully share personal experiences with us.

Here he tells us of a time when as a little boy he made a poor decision.

In his mind he thought it would work out so perfectly.

Just use one little match to burn the weeds that would take forever to pull by hand.

He thought that it would somehow just go out when the circle was big enough for his friends to have a campfire.

But in reality it was not the best of plans.

He knew he was doing a wrong by using the match.

Now so many years later he easily could have kept this part of his life from us.

Instead he shares with us to teach us the lesson of obedience.

"Rules and laws are created to keep us safe."

Beautifully told!
Beautifully illustrated!
A book for the whole family!

About the Author
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.

About the Illustrtor
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.

(A review copy was provided, however, all reviews are of my own opinion :)


  1. What a master storyteller he is!

  2. I LOVE listening to his stories!
    How blessed we are to have them in beautifully illustrated books!
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