When serving in my ward leadership some 20 year ago, President Monson came to a
special regional conference in our area. He brought along with him Elder Joseph
B. Wirthlin (not long before he passed). We learned later that this regional
conference was originally designated to be a broadcast from Salt Lake, however,
President Monson had the media trucks set into motion to have the conference
broadcast from Spokane - just because Elder Wirthlin with his declining health
was feeling somewhat worthless - this was a conference that President Monson
felt his fellow apostle could handle and knew it would lift his spirits to get
to travel and take part in something important.President Monson was
willing to do more difficult thing in order to bless the lives of others when
something simple would have been much easier.
When my brother was dying in 1997 he had the amazing opportunity to meet
President Monson a week before he passed and he received a priesthood blessing
from him. I wasn’t able to be there but I sent a letter with my brother to
give to President Monson thanking him for being so kind and loving to my
brother. Within about a week I received a reply from him saying what a pleasure
it was to meet my brother and give him a blessing. I was so surprised by this
amazing gesture not only toward my brother but then toward to me. I loved him
before that experience but I loved him even more after that experience. He truly
was a man of service and a perfect example of Christlike love.
While my wife and I got to listen live to President Monson several times during
General Conference, we, or at least I, never had the pleasure of meeting this
giant of a man and wonderful Prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ.We
learned of President Monson's passing last night at exactly 2346 when my
wife received a news alert from the Deseret News.I was fifty-six
when my dad passed away. Although I dearly loved and still dearly love my dad,
I didn't cry. After learning that our beloved Prophet and Church
President's passing last night, I cried. I had an almost impossible time
trying to go to sleep.Observing and listening to President Monson
talk played a major role in my decision to join the LDS Church in August
2011.Debbie and I love you, President Monson. We were blessed to
have your biographer's husband seal us in the Salt Lake City temple on 26
December 2012.Thomas S. Monson is the definition of service to God
and to all of humanity. He is the definition of kindness and compassion. No
words we can write possibly reflect our love for you, Sir!
I loved President Monson.He will be greatly missed.Such an
outstanding man, such a great example to people everywhere.I loved hearing
his talks at General Conference.I never felt like I was being lectured to,
just being taught doctrine in the most Christ like way.His stories always
helped to drive home the point of his message.He was special. He did so
much for the LDS Church.I will miss him.My prayers are with his
I have no clear memories from before President Monson was in the first
presidency. His passing in many ways marks the end of an era. He was
the last living person who was present when the Revelation on the priesthood was
received.While both Elder Nelson and Elder Oaks were key figires in
the Church in the 1970s Elder Monson was the last living significant Church
leader of the 1960s. Soon we will also see the passing of the last
people who served as assistants to the quorum of the 12. While I
have lots of guesses on who the new apostles will be, since my guesses number at
least 25 for 2 spots it is no t worth sharing. My main guess is that at least
one will be one of the current 7 presidents of the 70. I have someone I most
hope for in mind, but will support whoever the Lord calls. I could even be wrong
on that cosidering only one of the last three men called as apostles was in the
presidency of the 70.
With deepest condolences to President Monson’s family and respect for his
life and work. An SLCC honorary doctorate recipient in 1996, President Monson
had an enormous influence on countless lives. Our thoughts are with his family.
Back in 2014 I was given the opportunity to join the celebration in rededicating
the Ogden temple. I was one of the few that flipped the temple cards at the very
end to reveal what the temple looks like now. I remember performing this and at
the end I saw President Monson walk to a pulpit. I've never seen the
prophet this close. I could clearly see his face and could really feel his
spirit that he truly was a Prophet of God. I'll never forget that feeling.
I'll never forget the counsels he spoke throughout his ministry. It saddens
me to learn he is no longer in this world. But I hope his family will look
forward to the day when they see him again. Love you President Monson! Your
counsel and ministry will never be forgotten!
shwaiutah & vabookmom:"During his time as one of the
longest-serving apostles in Mormon history...." indicates the statistics are
for the years since his call as an apostle in 1963.Thanks for a
great article, DN.
I have never know life without President Monson as an apostle or prophet. It is
hard when good people pass away as with President Hinckley and now with
President Monson. Both men had such a huge impact on my life and my family.
President Monson served so many who were lonely or largely forgotten in life as
did the Savior. President Monson served the Savior well and I think set an
example -- a good positive example -- to people of all faiths and political
pursuations. President Monson was a friend to all and I think that is what
people will miss the most.
I pray that we collectivly will live the example of Jesus through selfless acts
and service. Nearly 16 million strong, the world needs the help. What would
Jesus do if he were here?? Would he have us build up our bank accounts? Have
large fancy houses? Multiple cars? The stories I remember being taught were
those of humility and service to others. I pray we may ready ourselves by giving
up our aboundace to those in need. To live Christ’s example not in words,
I dream of the day when the church as a whole serves in a selfless way, as
I met Elder Monson in the Salt Lake Missionary Training Center in late July
1978. He had just spoken to all the missionaries headed to English speaking
missions. As I approached him to shake his hand, he greeted me with a robust,
"Elder Lindberg!", as if he had known me my entire life. He then said,
"You go and tell Claire (my mission president's name was Clarence P.
Wonnacott whose nickname was Claire) to hurry up and come home so that we can go
duck hunting!" I think my jaw hit the floor - it wasn't what I was
expecting to hear him say. But I immediately knew that he was a real person.
It is a priceless memory of a man who became the Prophet. From this very brief
encounter I saw a man who treasured relationships and ministered to the one.
For a boy that grew up in the church, but in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (not the
hotbed of Mormonism) it was a treasured experience to meet an apostle. It
endear him to me for life!! Thanks be to God for giving us the gift of his
servant, Thomas Spencer Monson.
Rest in Peace, our dear Prophet.
May his reunion with Francis be glorious. May his reunion with the Brethren be
sublime. May his PPI with the Savior be divine.
President Monson was a large man with strong shoulders to bear the mantle of
responsibility of being a prophet, strong leader, great example and president
of the LDS Church, yet so kind and gentle in his demeanor. I believe there is a
very long line of widows welcoming him into the Spirit World, and he remembers
the name of every single one of them.‘Til we meet, dear man of God.
You are reunited with Frances and so many other loved ones, and there is an
earthly trail that you have left behind of so many people here whose lives are
better because of you.
I am glad to have hear President Monson's many poweful talks. I am also
glad he is now with his beloved Frances. All those who were apostles when I was
born are now dead.
Rest in peace,my good friend. You have been such a great example of the
Lord's admonition "come follow me".
I will miss him very much! What a great man!
I'm not LDS but condolences to his family and followers. He was a decent
man who made our world a better place. That in of itself is a reason to
celebrate his life and his many accomplishments.
Although I am not a Mormon I am a fan. President Monson led by example not
oration. He led by quietly demonstrating his faith not by political advocacy .
He was much different than President Hinckley . Hinckly was more politically
active. We should stay out of politics and out of Corporate financial
involvement. Good by President Monson. You served your cause extremely well. You
led by example. Good wishes for your successor.
Goodnight President Monson. I'm honored to be one of those who was able to
attend conferences and hear your legendary stories.
Rest in Peace, President Monson. Thank you for your service. You will be
Pres. Monson: "......and then I wiggled my ears. I had him! (laughter)
Francis told me I shouldn't tell that part of the story!" (even more
laughter)I am really going to miss Pres. Monson. God
speed, Sir, God speed!
Saddened at the passing of President Thomas S Monson. He was truly a great man,
compassionate to all, and a valiant servant of the Lord. He will be missed.
So sad to hear of Pres. Monson's passing. His strength, as well as his
wonderful sense of humor, will be sorely missed. But, the Lord is in charge,
which means His kingdom here on the earth will continue to expand AND that
someday we will be reunited with our beloved prophet. Till we meet
again, Pres. Monson!
Still remember his visit to Peru when I served as a young missionary. His
message still rings true today: Honor the Savior by serving and loving others.
Follow the Spirit and you'll be all right! Thank you President Monson for
your guidance and direction. You will be missed.
As a young man, I passed him the sacrament. When I was an adult, because he
knew my family, he wrote my father a letter (at my request) just before he
passed away. It deeply touched my Dad. While we all have differences,
President Thomas Monson was kind and Christ like to me, for which, I shall never
forget. Rest in peace sweet man.
We've all heard the aphorism "WWJD" (what would Jesus do). Well,
I've failed at that one over and over. So I tried "WWTSMD".I still fail to live up to his level.But I'll keep
trying.I love President Monson, and will miss him.
Thoughts and prayers to his family.
His life of service to others makes him a giant of a man in the community and
humble servant to the Lord he served. We will miss him but will always remember
his perfect example.
Beautiful man, wonderful prophet, superior example, great friend to everyone,
and gracious to all mankind. I will miss you.....
He spent all of his life serving others, even as a child. I'll never forget
the story of him giving his pet rabbits to his friend whose family didn't
have anything to eat for a holiday meal. A generous and brave thing for a young
boy to do. I will miss him dearly. Sweet and kind, a prophet of God.
President Monson lived a life that we can all admire!I will miss
hearing the inspirational stories that were such a hallmark of his ministry.We love him because his life was a life of love!
Just heard of his passing. We can't help but shed a few tears this morning.
We loved President Monson. How can we honor him? Do something for someone
else today, as he was so fond of saying. We will miss him greatly.
Pres. Monson knew what his calling and responsibility was, and he always stayed
on message: The Love of Jesus Christ for all persons, the love we should all
have for each other, the opportunities to do good, to be peacemakers and good
examples throughout our lives. He was the latest in a remarkable succession of
special men called of God to guide us.
I love President Monson, he is one of the greatest men the earth ever had. A
wonderful Prophet of God.
When I heard about his passing this morning about 5:00 ish, the first thought
that ran through my mind was that Thomas Monson was a supreme example of a man
who lived "pure religion...undefiled before God." It was wonderful to
see that scripture as a favorite of his from the book of James. We
will never know the cumulative effect of the Power of Gods love as it flowed
through Thomas Monson's exemplary life. A true prophet indeed.
What a wonderful reunion President Monson must be having beyond the veil!
"We ever pray for thee, our Prophet dear..." I will miss him.
It's always a bittersweet thing when the prophet passes. Of course
we're sad and we'll miss his words and teachings but we're happy
he has been called home and been reunited with his wife. President
Monson was a great man, but more importantly he was also a good man and will be
A sad day but also a joyous one. RIP good man.
An all time favorite. Pure goodness and love.
First - prayers for his family at this time for peace and comfort as yesterday
we saw 8 years from our father being called home.As a young man, I had the
privilege of listening to him at General Conference in the south when it was
"piped in" through the telephone. His stores inspired me to be
better.President Monson lived a wonderful life and set an example for all
to follow. He gave freely and loved everyone.
I thank O God for this wonderful prophet.
I'm sure he was welcomed by the Savior with, "Well done, thy good and
faithful servant, enter into my rest." Being freed from the limitations of
his mortal, human suffering, he is now able to continue his great ministry with
his loved ones and friends.Thank you for your valiant service and
example, President Monson! We love you!
He was a great man and prophet of the Lord.
I always remember President Monson when he came to Denver, Co to be part of
releasing our Stake President at the time. He told a story or two of when they
were boys and had grown up together. Now they were both tall and strong men in
stature and in spirit. I will always remember President Monson for his
countless ways of relating a story but also for the way he related to the
scriptures and the poetry he would refer to in his conference talks over the
years. His life story is remarkable and he leaves us with so much to remember
him. I will remember him well along with the others of the Quorum of 12 who I
remember so well as I have been a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter
Day Saints since 1960. A special Prophet who was called for a special purpose
and blessing to all of us.
What a great example of dedicated charitable service! He will be missed.
President Monson always had something spiritual to say, and I loved hearing him
speak. He was truly a prophet and I will always remember him from some of my
beginning moments with my beloved Church!
When I was on my mission in southern Utah, we had a conference for all
Missionaries in our mission at the Tabernacle. Elder Monson at that time spoke
to us. I had had surgery on my knee and was privileged to sit up front because
of my crutches. When the meeting was over, elder Monson made his way directly
towards my companion and I to shake our hands and thank us personally for our
service to the Lord. I remember his great stature of a man as he towered over
us. He was serious yet boisterous at the same time. Very down to earth. He will
President Monson profoundly affected me as a youth, listening to his conference
talks, on how I view our responsibility to others. I remember specifically
where I was when I first really heard and listened to what he said during
conference. I was at a friends house conference weekend at a conference
listening party. Such works of compassion for the poor, the elderly, and the
widows. It was a life shifting experience that changed how I viewed others,
and our responsibility towards them. Wish I could say I always lived up to
those ideals, as I haven't. But it set a new bar to live by. President
Monson's message profoundly drove and shaped what I knew I must work to
become. His warm spirit will be missed.
DNews, You have to fix the errors in this. The church did not grow from 2+
million to 15+ million in past 10 years. And the temple count wasn't 12 up
to 150+.There were about 12 million members in 2006 and 124 temples
at the end of that year.
We will miss our beloved President Monson! What a great soul, so inspired, so
kind & caring.
I will miss President Monson. What a wonderful example of kindness and love for
others while adhering to the truth during a period of compromise and popular
political correctness. His influence will be greatly missed. I love President
The World has lost Prophet a God .I can't forgot Pdt. Monson, His love to
the Church to his members around the world and love for H.F. We Love Pdt .
Monson We Love You,Thanks for all this years, for all you teachings,for you
Please correct this type: "The number of temples grew from 12 to 159."
When Pres. Monson become president there were 124 temples in operation.
I'm sure this is just a typo in the rush to get the news article online.
I will miss President Monson deeply. He will always be “my” prophet.
I returned to church after twenty-one years inactive, shortly after President
Monson became prophet. Another of Heavenly Father’s most precious sons has
returned home. May he Rest In Peace and joy, reunited with his beloved Francis.
I used to think that President Monson would talk about himself so much for
purposes of self-aggrandizement. I later realized that this was the most modest
way for him to convey to us that we too must do as he did. That we too must be
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves.Having
been ill myself much this past year, and seeing how lonely it can be, I have
come to appreciate his visiting the sick. If we are to be sheep, and not goats,
and found on the left hand side of God, we must do more to lift our fellow man.
Far more than we typically do. We give a little, and we suppose we have given so
much, when we have really just given but the little that we supposed
initially.The so-called Good Samaritan paid for the medical bills of
a stranger he found on the road who was in very bad shape. Who would do that
today? I know of a few. But likely very few!
A wonderful person and leader. A great example to all. He will be missed!
I did not get the opportunity to meet president Jonson, but I know he was called
of our heavenly father. Congratulations on your graduating mortality. I'll
meet you in Paradise.
I remember him from my time at BYU 1977-1981. He would come and speak at school
from time to time. He was always cheerful and smiling - in a way that made you
feel comfortable and included. I remember seeing him on television shortly
after he had been made the prophet - what a weight that calling is! He looked
as though he was carrying a piano around on his back - not at all the same
lighthearted fellow that I was used to. He has spent his entire adult life in
the Lord's service and fulltime after the young age of 36. May the
Lord's choicest blessings be his!
Many will miss him, many will welcome him; may we just follow him.
We LOVE you Pres. Monson!
I love President Monson and know that he truly was a Prophet of God. I had the
great blessing on a few occasions of being in his presence. One of those
occasions was when my Aunt Passed away and he came to sit next to my Uncle
during the family prayer. He was a young Bishop in the same Stake as my Uncle
served as a young Bishop as well. They became very good friends and on many
occasions my Uncle went with him to the hospital to give blessings to those who
were sick. The time he came to sit next to my Uncle I remember being right
across from where he was sitting. Looking into his eyes and as he looked into my
eyes he smiled and I could tell that he wanted me to know that all would be
well. He spoke at my Uncle's funeral last Jan around this time. He was weak
and very frail but he still made sure that he talked at my Uncle's
services. I will truly miss this great man but I feel so much peace right now
knowing that he is with is precious Francis as well as many others who he loved.
WE thank thee Oh God for a Prophet. Till we meet again we love you President
Bon voyage, President Monson! We will always remember your gentle leadership
and your example of never putting off a prompting. You have inspired us to try
and do likewise. We hope someday to be where you are.
Great prophet, RIP.
Welcome as your father and mother greet you and your beloved Frances.
Congratulations on graduating from this university we call mortality. Your
leadership was inspiring and more importantly, meant to bring us closer to our
Savior. I can hear your voice saying onward and upward.
Loved him so much. Loved his wonderful stories given at many general
conferences. Truly a Prophet of God!
Having joined the Church in 1963, President Monson has been a part of my church
life ever since. So many facets of his personality and service have kept my eye
on him constantly, and have added so much to my testimony of the Savior and the
Church. I will always remember the spiritual experience of watching him
sustained as President of the Church. Thank you, President Monson, and our love
to your family.
So sad ... and yet so happy our dear Prophet is having a glorious reunion with
many who love him as we do. I was blessed to interact with President Monson on
several occasions and can testify of his love and divine direction. He was a
"dear man" called of God to lead and teach us. Oh how we'll miss
him. But his example and teachings will be with us forever enriching our mortal
A sad but wonderful day. I have been a member of the church all my life (almost
70 years). I have no conscious memory of any church leadership or general
conference without president Monson. Although I have never met him, I shall miss
him in a very personal way. But I am certain he will continue to bless lives in
a most wonderful way.
Taking his place, shoulder to shoulder with many other giants, preaching beyond
the veil and teaching the pure gospel of Christ.
Rest in peace sweet man! I can't help smiling thinking of the HUGE
welcoming party happening in heaven right now. He's with his beloved wife,
his BFF Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, all the past LDS leaders, and a very LONG LINE
of adoring grateful widows and veterans that he served so tirelessly. The world
needs many more good men like him!
The most amazing man! May you Rest In Peace Now ❤️
I love everything about that man!Thank you, thank you, thank you for
a life of incredible service and incredible love. Truly one of the great ones.
What a great man! He is reunited with many loved ones now, especially his wife.
I will greatly mis this gentle Prophet of the Lord
Just last summer 2016, President Monson was inspired to recommend a better eye
surgery teaching microscope for presentation to a medical school in the
Philippines than what our LDS Charities Vision Committee had envisioned. By
providing the school with the latest state-of-the-art instrument, the donation
was covered on Philippine TV and newspapers and the efforts and inspiration of
President Monson to assist the poor and needy was proclaimed throughout the
country. Thousands of blind patients will benefit from his prophetic insight.
He will be greatly missed. Dr. John Jarstad - LDS Charities Vision Committee
volunteer eye surgeon 2012-2017
A wonderful prophet, a wonderful man.
I love Pres. Monson! I will miss him!
I'll always remember the time and place when I found out for myself that
President Monson was a Prophet of God