When I was a freshman in high school President Gordon B. Hinckley gave his legendary “Beatitudes” talk. You may have heard about it..”Be Smart, Be Clean, Be True, Be Humble, Be Prayerful”.
As a young Latter-day Saint girl just starting high school this talk gave me specific direction for my life. It was the first time I remember knowing the prophet understood me.
President Hinckley was the prophet of my youth. He held the torch in the 2012 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, (I saved the newspaper clipping). He was well read, up to date on current events and publicly showed his love for his wife. He was a man so many looked up to and were proud to have as the leader of their church. I loved and respected him. When he passed away it was a huge loss for all of us. Whenever I look back on my teenage years I always remember the prophet of my youth.
President Thomas S. Monson has been the prophet of your youth. He was called at that exact time to help you. When your children ask you about who the prophet was when you were growing you, (and they will!), you will get to say it was President Monson. They will ask about him. They will wonder how you knew he was a prophet. You will be able to tell them about his life devoted to service to the Lord. You will tell them how he loved individuals and asked us to, “choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong”.
I want to encourage you to write down your memories of President Monson. Yes, your future family will want to know about him but YOU will want to remember how he impacted your life when you were young. His influence will continue to guide you as you grow and progress. He was an incredible force for good that will never be forgotten.
Some questions you could answer in your journal when writing about him:
-What about President Monson stands out to me?
-How did I know he was a prophet of God?
-What did he do for others that I can also do?
-Why am I grateful we have prophets on the earth today?
-How am I a changed person because of President Monson?
I loved President Monson. He was the prophet of my early married and child-rearing years. I taught my two young children about him and they recognized his picture whenever it was hanging up somewhere. His encouragement and example of patience, listening to the Spirit and complete selfless service have changed me. I am forever grateful for this man and know he was a prophet of God sent to lead and guide us at the specific time he did.