Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Prophet is Dead. Long Live the Prophet.

By Susan Knight

I was recently reminded of the saying, "The King is Dead. Long Live the King."
It is said in the United Kingdom, and probably has been said in any monarchy. But it's true about our prophets, too.

President Thomas S. Monson
President Thomas S. Monson died on January 2, 2018, at the age of 90. What a perfectly precious  human being he is. I think he has best shown Christlike love of any prophet I've lived under. When I say that, I mean . . . I've always wondered what the personality of Jesus Christ was like. Did you ever wonder that? Was He reserved or outgoing? Did He have a sense of humor, or was He serious all the time?

What we do know is that service was at the top of His list of everyday living. Wherever He went, He personified service--healing the sick, the lame, the blind. He was also a very forgiving God--forgiving the woman taken in sin; forgiving the man who had palsy. He went out of His way to do service.

The Savior Laughing
Did he have a sense of humor? I think of how he told of forgiveness by comparing it to the mote in one person's eye and the beam in another's eye. Hyberbole. Yes, humor.

And He told parables that enthralled the population. Scores of people surrounded Him and followed Him.

Thus was President Thomas S. Monson.

Service was personified in "Tommy Monson," as he liked to refer to himself. He went out of his way for the widow, the lame, the elderly, the forgotten.

His sense of humor abounded in every talk he gave. You could see his tongue in his cheek.

And his stories . . . I couldn't wait to be enthralled by his stories every Conference weekend.

I think, in my humble opinion, that when I think of Jesus Christ now, I will remember President Monson. I believe there personalities were similar.

President Russell M. Nelson
I will miss President Monson, but I welcome our new Prophet Russell M. Nelson. It was formally announced yesterday. I have waited for him to be Prophet for 34 years. Yes, I already had a testimony that he would be our prophet one day. Yet, he was a newly-ordained apostle when I had that vision.

As "Elder" Nelson grew older--and older--I didn't think my vision would come to pass, yet we are here. President Nelson is 93 years old. I don't know how long he will serve, but I always knew he would serve as president of the church.

I had a vision I have only shared with a few people. Perhaps I'll write about it one day.

President Monson is dead. Long live President Nelson.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Remember the Reason for the Season

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

General Conference 2016

I love finding memes online with quotes from General Conference. Here is one of my favorites:

Other prophets have also commented on the Word of Wisdom:

Elder Richard G. Scott:
Do you scrupulously avoid the use of stimulants and substances that conflict with the intent of the Word of Wisdom, or have you made some personally rationalized exceptions? (General Conference, Priesthood Session, Oct. 2008)

Ezra Taft Benson:

We need a generation of young people who, as Daniel, eat in a more healthy manner than to fare on the “kings meat”—and whose countenances show it. – (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson , p. 476-477.

Harold B. Lee:

The Lord’s word of wisdom . . . counsels the simple diet of fruits, grains and vegetables in season, with meats used sparingly, has been given you as a revelation of God’s great law of health. . . . (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p. 205-6)

George Albert Smith: 

(In the summer he ate no meat, and even in the winter months he ate very little.) Let me plead with you, search the Word of Wisdom prayerfully. Do not just read it, search it prayerfully. Discover what our Heavenly Father gave it for. He gave it to us with a promise of longer life and happiness, not if we fail to observe it, but if we observe it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

How Great Thou Art

I just want to add to this song that I know my Savior lives and loves me. I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who watches over me. I am grateful that He sent His Son to walk with men/women, and that we have a Comforter in the Holy Ghost, who, at times, was my constant companion. I don't know where I would be without His Amazing Grace.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful Always

I wrote a post a few years ago about how thankful I am. You can read it HERE.

Let me add, that I still think I am the most blessed person by my Heavenly Father. And I am thankful for the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Without His Atonement, where would we be?

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

1 Nephi 1: 1, 3

...therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.
And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.