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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 27 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

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RBTJR
PLATTSBURGH, NY

After reading about George Albert Smith's life in the Teachings of Presidents of the Church, I am eager to purchase this book, and learn more about this Church president. What I find striking about this man, is illustrated during the centennial dedication of "This is the Place" monument. He made sure the monument included others, besides Latter Day Saints, who were part of the Salt Lake area's history. He invited representatives of all faiths and backgrounds in the Salt Lake Community to attend the dedication. This is but one example of his love and concern for all of Heavenly Father's children. I don't know much about this church president, but through this book and our church's study guide, I hope to get to know this loving man even better.

ulvegaard
Medical Lake, Washington

I appreciated RBTJR's comments.

I think the same could hold true for anyone. If we would just spend the time to get to know people around us, we might discover a world with few conflicts and problems. We imagine all sorts of things about people we don't know and only observe briefly, usually during a moment of weakness and presume that this brief encounter paints the portrait of their entire existence.

Our church leaders have been incredible and taking the time to get to know them can only be positive. But the same holds true for everyone we chance to meet in life.

garybeac
Chapel Hill, NC

Dear Ulvegaard, I agree with you, and I admire your expressing this thought in such positive words. I'm sorry to admit it, but I am not so patient with the tendency to idealize the lives and canonize the context-specific perspectives of Church leaders out of context. I was embarrassed that President Monson was selected as America's tenth most admired man in this year's Gallup poll. We all understand that non-members know virtually nothing about him, so though he may be an extraordinarily worthy choice, casting such a vote makes us look parochial at best, self-centered at worst, and makes would-be Mormon secular leaders look alien. Reading this article, I am impressed that President Smith would have cast his vote for a man who worthily inspired the admiration of all people. Our leaders are called to lead the Church, and we are called to sustain and support them, a simple working compact. Jesus said "...call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father (Matthew 23:9)," but if a father figure helps the weak and simple hold to the iron rod, what harm is there in a little of the world's admiration?

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