If you watched conference this past weekend, you probably saw President Monson deliver his single conference address. If you didn’t watch it, chances are you’ve ‘heard’ about it via social platforms.
Personally, I watched it go down live and I thought HE was going to go down live…
I know (thanks to FB) that many of you had the same thoughts. I read another blogger’s post and even shared it on my personal FB page. Here’s that link if you’re interested. I too had similar feelings of praying during it that he could get through the rest of his talk, praying that he wouldn’t have to go down in history as the prophet who went down.
As the week has gone on I’ve thought a lot about his talk and his obvious feeble condition, and I had some questions:
- Why wasn’t he sitting in the first place? He certainly wouldn’t be the first or last to do so.
- Why did he say what he said? We know that they spend months working on their messages with God. So the real question I came to was ‘Why did our Lord want his Prophet to deliver the message he did, knowing that “Tommy” would hardly be able to actually get enough breath to breathe out his words?’
I found my own correlation to the two, keeping in mind that I have no personal connection to the President, so therefore I don’t know his answers to these questions.
Let’s start here-
What was the prophet’s message to the world?
Oh yeah, that’s right, BE AN EXAMPLE OF A SAINT. BE A LIGHT- CHRIST’S LIGHT. DO WHAT YOU CAN TO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE SO THAT OTHER’S WHO SEE YOU GLORIFY THE FATHER.
Did that not get delivered in the most beautiful way? Was President Monson sealing those words with the whole world to witness just how much he meant those words? Like the post I referenced mentioned, the world saw firsthand a servant who has served the Lord (& continues to do so) with all the breath and strength he could muster. I think what I love most of all, is that he chose to stand. He could have requested a chair. He could have been much more comfortable delivering the words he was supposed to deliver. There were easier ways. He chose to stand. And our Lord knew He could do it.
So, President Monson, I think I’ll not soon forget how I felt watching you stand to tell the world ways we can stand out. You’ve never shied away from setting an example, setting your light on a hill for the whole world to see so that they can glorify our Father. Nope, not even when we witnessed the blood rush out of your face, watched your lips lose their color, your brain slow down, your body start to collapse on itself trying to bear the burdens of decades of service, did you sit down on the job. You stood. And I glorify God that you did so, to set the standard for me to actually FOLLOW YOUR COUNSEL. It’s a great work we have to do, and I know you are praying that we can bear it up with you.
I WILL STAND WITH YOU PRESIDENT.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Are you ready to honor his witness & dedication to his message requesting us to stand with him to behave differently than ‘the world’, rescue the weary, strengthen the weak, love the sinner (including ourselves), and live (as he has) in ways that cause others to find the truest, purest Light? Let’s get to work. Ya?