Once in a while, a person comes into your life that makes a tremendous impact. They make an impact because they stand for something, They believe in something better. You can see it in everything that they do. One of those people was Thomas S. Monson. Unless you belong to my faith you probably haven’t heard of this man. For nearly ten years he was the prophet for the Mormon church. Those of my faith regarded him as a man who revealed the word of God. He was a kind man. A worthy man. A man who dedicated his life to the service of others. Unfortunately, he passed away last night.
I remember him talking about serving the widows of his congregation. As a young man, he was called to be a bishop. In his congregation of around 1000 people, there were 85 widows due to the second world war. He visited and comforted those widows during his time as Bishop and continued to visit them regularly aftward. He made sure they were taken care of temporally as well as spiritually. He was such an example of service. When men from his congregation went off to serve in the Korean war he took care of the families and wrote weekly to the men to give them hope and courage.
In short, he taught me how to serve other people. He taught me how to love people in almost any circumstance. He taught me through his example that charity is the pure love of Jesus Christ. He knew it and lived it. I’ll be forever grateful for his example. He shaped my understanding of love by his example.
On occasion, we need to make a second effort – and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve. – Thomas S. Monson
I know that God lives, my brothers and sisters. There is no question in my mind. I know that this is His work, and I know that the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel His promptings as He directs us in the furtherance of His work. — Thomas S. Monson
No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy. — Thomas S. Monson