Date: October 15, 2011 11:14AM
One of the most ironic stories happened as Tommy Monson, an apostle when Spencer W. Kimball delivered his famous "Don't shoot the little birdies!" speech at General Conference.
“Now, I also would like to add some of my feelings concerning the unnecessary shedding of blood and destruction of life. I think that every soul should be impressed by the sentiments that have been expressed here by the prophets. And not less with reference to the killing of innocent birds is the wildlife of our country that live upon the vermin that are indeed enemies to the farmer and to mankind. It is not only wicked to destroy them, it is a shame, in my opinion. I think that this principle should extend not only to the bird life but to the life of all animals” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Fundamental Principles to Ponder and Live, Ensign (CR), November 1978, p.43).
Monson, a card carrying National Rifle Association member and avid duck and geese hunter was sitting right behind Kimball, probably wishing he could be out at the Asarco Church Farm property on the shore of the Great Salt Lake, sitting in duck blind with his decoys and dogs all set for the big bang bang instead of sitting at General Conference. LOL!http://www.salamandersociety.com/foyer/prophets/thomassmonson/