WASHINGTON (News4Utah) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs honored late The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Thomas S. Monson on social media Thursday.
President Thomas S. Monson died Tuesday at the age of 90. He was chosen as the department’s “Veteran Of The Day.”
The post of Facebook shares background about his time in the military. Monson enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1945 and anticipated serving in WWII in the Pacific theater. He was sent to San Diego from training, but with the end of the war, he was not stationed overseas.
Monson once had his sights on becoming an officer. He received a commission acceptance letter from the Navy, but when he realized military service would get in the way of his volunteer church assignments, he declined commission.
Monson would go on to dedicate his life to serving the Church and eventually he was ordained as president in 2008.
Monson often used Navy experiences to teach lessons and values like this particular story about honesty:
Monson used his Navy experiences to teach, like this story about honesty.
After three weeks of intense training in boot camp, Tom and his fellow Navy recruits were given their first liberty to San Diego. All who knew how to swim were to line up for the bus to San Diego. The rest were to remain behind for swimming lessons.
Just before the “swimmers” boarded the bus, the officer changed their orders — all recruits were to march to the gym, remove their street clothes, jump into the deep end of the pool and swim to the other side. Tom was a fine swimmer, but it quickly became obvious that about 10 of the men had lied — they wouldn’t jump into the pool. The officer pushed the remaining men into the pool and let them sputter under the water a few times before rescuing them with a pole. The lesson: telling the truth can save your life.
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