We went to a particularly inspiring Stake Conference on Sunday. President Monson touched me deeply. He spoke about the "Lost Batallion" of WWI having been on the River Somme some years ago. It seems that a Batallion of men from the U.S. Army 77th Infantry Division were encircled about by the enemy yet refused to give up. I found his talk online and found this quote:
"Correspondents noted in their dispatches that the relieving forces seemed bent on a crusade of love to rescue their comrades in arms. Men volunteered more readily, fought more gallantly, and died more bravely.
"As I thought of these events, I found myself saying softly, How strange that war brings forth the savagery of conflict, yet inspires brave deeds of courage—some prompted by love. A tribute to those courageous deeds echoed in my mind from that ageless sermon preached on the Mount of Olives: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13.)http://www.lds.org/pa/library/0,17905,4884-1,00.html
He then spoke of those lost souls who are in the midst of difficulty and loss, and he called us to find them, too. The lost, the elderly, the sick, the lonely, the misguided. It was such a wonderful talk. I wish we would mobilize and do what we can to help. There are too many people who are lost and I do believe that one day we will regret not having been of greater help to them.
President Monson truly is a prophet. I love to hear him talk. Our very own Number One 80th Octegenarian. http://www.slate.com/id/2232918/