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Published: Thursday, Sept. 8 2011 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Though I'll never think about being a Mormon, for some reason I like most of those Mormon leaders.

BYU Girl
West Valley City, UT

Thank you President Monson. You are a remarkable man and prophet of God. Hopefully your words of counsel and direction will help this nation to start obeying His commandments. A lot of trials and hardships could be avoided if only we kept the commandments. Then when the trials do come, we know that God will bring us peace through those trials.


Loved it. Wished this kind of stuff would happen more often. Even if it is other religious leaders.

Syracuse, UT

His voice was needed along with the words so that everyone could grasp his wonderful way with words and emotion. When he speaks, a calm runs through my soul.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

These two quotes, from here and elsewhere, resonate well with my thoughts on 9-11 and especially when the people attempt to justify their violence with belief.


President Monson:

"Tragedies are not merely opportunities to give Him a fleeting thought, or for momentary insight to His plan for our happiness. Destruction allows us to rebuild our lives in the way He teaches us, and to become something different than we were. We can make Him the center of our thoughts and His Son, Jesus Christ, the pattern for our behavior. We may not only find faith in God in our sorrow. We may also become faithful to Him in times of calm."

Joseph Smith:

"If any man is authorized to take away my life because he thinks and says I am a false teacher, then, upon the same principle, we should be justified in taking away the life of every false teacher, and where would be the end of blood? And who would not be the sufferer?"


Joseph Smith shows how belief can not justify fighting. President Monson shows how we can prevent and become even better. These men certainly speak directly from God to us.


Thank you President Monson for putting perspective back where it belongs, back in our faith in Heavenly Father and our beloved savior Jesus Christ without him nothing is possible and with him everything is possible. How I love them.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

@Chris B:

You're a good guy, in spite of your abuse of the Cougars. Thanks for the kind remark.

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

Whenever I hear President Monson speak, or whenver I read his written words, I feel the Spirit of God telling my soul that President Monson is indeed the Lord's prophet for all the world.

I'm sure that President Monson would insist that he is not perfect, like the Master that Christians throughout the world know and love, but he is as close as one can become to it in mortality.

God bless our dear Prophet, President Monson.

Port Alice, B.C.

I was living in Korea when 9/11 occured. One of my neighbors woke me and I watched much of it on CNN - even the secong plane hitting the tower.

The remarkable thing to me was that within a day and for several days Korean homes and cars flew American flags.

President Monson has a wonderful way with words, simple and heartfelt. He does indeed speak for God.

St. George, UT

"Though I'll never think about being a Mormon, for some reason I like most of those Mormon leaders." - Chris B

"For some reason".... I have two friends that would like to talk to you.

the truth
Holladay, UT

"Though I'll never think about being a Mormon, for some reason I like most of those Mormon leaders." - Chris B

"for some reason" - that reason is the spirit witnessing the truth to you.

Denver, CO

@ Chris B

Nice touch! All the best to you and yours . . .

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

Chris B:

Although I'm a BYU alum and Cougar fan, you can talk smack about the Cougs all you want. That's the nature of being a sports fan. Coug fans talk smack plenty about their rivals to the north.

I also want to thank you for your kind remarks about Pres. Monson and his predecessors. That was very classy of you.

Pullman, WA

It was a great idea for the Post to solicit responses from these religious leaders. It was an even better response. Thank you for your wisdom and for your example.

Provo, UT

Nice comment, ChrisB...

But then those who don't like what Monson said are not allowed to express it?

How is that truthful or right?


Bob, i was in Korea on 9/11 as well. Wasn't the outpouring of concern from the Korean people for the safety of our families back in the states amazing? I had many perfect strangers ask me if my family was well and safe. This tragedy truly brought the world together. if only we could remember to keep those ties tight.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Thank you Pres. Monson for all you do. Thanks also for those commenting on being in Korea on 9/11. I had that from people in Utah because my family lives in NJ, just making sure they were ok. It was very appreciated.

Brad James
Manti, UT

The words of Elder Bruce R. McConkie come to mind: Come listen to a Prophet's voice and hear the word of God! God Bless President Monson!

Gillette, WY


Roy, UT

Book of Mormon reinforces everything Pres. Monson said. Sadly, history repeats itself as people forget lessons, insights of the past, until tragedy strikes again. The wisest among us remember, constantly find ways to remind themselves of our dependence upon God, and need to pay heed to his words to us.

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