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President Monson Died Yesterday

January 03rd, 2018 by The Junior Ganymede

His warfare is over.

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January 03rd, 2018 12:21:55

January 3, 2018

My favorite tribute to him comes from Elder Holland’s talk in the October 2014 general conference:

I have been blessed by an association with this man for 47 years now, and the image of him I will cherish until I die is of him flying home from then–economically devastated East Germany in his house slippers because he had given away not only his second suit and his extra shirts but the very shoes from off his feet. “How beautiful upon the mountains [and shuffling through an airline terminal] are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace.”

January 4, 2018

(just saw that the Deseret News beat me to that quote…I will sheepishly refrain from commenting for a while as penance)

January 4, 2018

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

January 4, 2018

I don’t know if every generation of Church members feels this way, but I am profoundly grateful to have lived during the presidencies of Thomas S. Monson and Gordon B. Hinckley.

Bruce Charlton
January 8, 2018

I went back and looked at some President Monson’s general conference talks, and was struck by one in which he summarised Jesus’s life and work with an emphasis that He taught in parables.

That example set the tone for President Monson’s own teaching ‘method’ – and I believe this is a profound truth of which I yet have only an inkling.

Parables are not just ‘illustrations’ of principles, or ‘entertainment’ or a way of ‘relating to people’ – parables are The Real Thing.

And I think we need to modify our deepest understanding until we can really appreciate that for ourselves.

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