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Big bash to mark Mormon prophet's 85th birthday

Published June 11, 2012 2:24 pm

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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson will be on hand Aug. 17 for a party marking his 85th birthday.The gala honoring Monson, leader of the 14 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will feature the LDS prophet's "beloved Broadway selections and other favorites [as] performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and notable guest artists," according to a news release.Hall of Famer Steve Young, former San Francisco 49ers star quarterback, and Jane Clayson Johnson, national network news anchor and author, will co-emcee the event."The evening will also take a nostalgic look back at President Monson's illustrious life from his childhood, marriage and stint in the Navy during World War II to his decades of service," the release said. Images from his nearly half century as an LDS general authority also will be displayed.The celebration will follow the precedent set by the late LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, who hosted two large birthday galas – one for his 90th and another for his 95th. Hinckley died in January 2008 at age 97.Tickets for Monson's party, which will be held in the giant Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, are free, but you must have one.They will be distributed through a random selection process. Those interested may register on the Internet at http://www.lds.org/events beginning June 16 at 12:01 a.m. MDT.Peggy Fletcher Stack