Thursday, October 22, 2009

President Monson, the Prophet to the World

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.),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.


Sandi said...

Can I just say (for the umpteenth time) that I LOVE your blog! I needed this today...thank you, thank you, thank you! I miss you terribly! I, too, know that Pres. Monson is a prophet of God, this just reminded me of that! LYLAS (love you like a sister)

Linda Aukschun said...

Sandi, you are a doll. Thank you so much for writing and letting me know how you feel. I love to hear from you. I wish we lived closer. You were a treasure when you'd come to see me at LDSBC, and you're a treasure in my life now. Thank you.

Jaime said...

What a wonderful post! I, too LOVE your blog and need to be better about checking in on it because you always have such great posts. I think it is so important to remember to do our part to help others. I know there have been times in my life where I have needed others to pull me up and I'm always happy to be there for others when I can. Thanks for the great reminder! :)