A Special Message From President Monson

I wanted to make sure you didn't miss reading a very special, and unprecedented, message that the Church published in the online edition of the LDS Church News, from President Thomas S. Monson; living Prophet of God. Fortunately, a friend was thoughtful enough to think that some of us might have just missed it, and in fact he was right, I did miss it! 

Perhaps the Mormon Newsroom have plans to post it there, and we all would have seen it, eventually. I'm not sure. All I know, is that it's a wonderful, and important message, and has given me cause to ponder on some specific things that President Monson said, and perhaps consider why he felt inspired to say them -- as well as increased my feelings of gratitude and love for our prophet, his life of selfless service, and Christlike example to the membership of the Church. 

President Monson noted that from the time he was called as a general authority, to now, as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has emphasized, "a need for the "rescue" of our brothers and sisters from many different situations which may be depriving them of all the blessings the gospel can provide" and that as President, "felt an increased urgency" for the work.

In his message, President Monson also made special note of the new ages for missionary service, the increase in Church temple building efforts, temple work, and our many opportunities to serve in the Church.  

"This year will mark 50 years since I was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I was 36 years old when that call came. Last August I celebrated my 85th birthday. Some of the senior members of the Quorum of the Twelve have a few years even on me. Age eventually takes its toll on all of us. However, we join our voices with King Benjamin, who said, as recorded in the second chapter of the book of Mosiah, "I am like as yourselves, subject to all manner of infirmities in body and mind; yet I have been chosen ... and consecrated by my father, ... and have been kept and preserved by his matchless power, to serve you with all the might, mind and strength which the Lord hath granted unto me" (Mosiah 2:11). Despite any health challenges that may come to us, despite any weakness in body or mind, we serve to the best of our ability. I assure you that the Church is in good hands. The system set up for the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve assures that it will always be in good hands and that, come what may, there is no need to worry or to fear. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, whom we follow, whom we worship, and whom we serve, is ever at the helm.
As we now go forward, may we follow His example. He left His footprints in the sands of the seashore, but He left His teaching principles in the hearts and in the lives of all whom He taught. He instructed His disciples, and to us He speaks the same words, "Follow thou me" (John 21:22). May we ever be found doing so."

You can read the entire message on LDS Church News.

As mentioned above, the way in which this message was delivered, online, via the Church News, is unprecedented; at least to those of us who have chatted about it a bit. In our little discussion, we did note that it was published with very little fanfare considering its uniqueness, and could see no reason to make any big speculations about any particular reason it was published -- other than President Monson's desire to do so. There is always a concern, as he mentioned, for his declining health, of which the prayers of the entire Church are continually offered on his behalf. And lastly, of particular interest, might be the listing of above priorities; things to ponder.

Perhaps of greatest comfort, for most, and indeed to me personally, was this closing testimony...

"I assure you that the Church is in good hands. The system set up for the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve assures that it will always be in good hands and that, come what may, there is no need to worry or to fear. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, whom we follow, whom we worship, and whom we serve, is ever at the helm."

Highlights: See Others As They May Become

What are your thoughts about this unique message from President Monson? Had you heard about it? Where and how did hear about it? What were your first thoughts and impressions?

Kathryn Skaggs

Here are some of the addresses from President Monson on the topic of "rescue; but then again, perhaps he didn't always use that particular word in teaching the principle of saving souls. So, I've topped the list with the latest, and also my new personal favorite.

Thomas S. Monson: See Others As They May Become : )

Thomas S. Monson: To the Rescue

Thomas S. Monson: Believe, Obey, Endure

Thomas S. Monson: Precious Promises of The Book of Mormon

Thomas S. Monson: To Learn, To Do, To Be

Thomas S. Monson: He Is Not Here, But Is Risen

Thomas S. Monson: Come Unto Him in Prayer and Faith

Thomas S. Monson: Standards of Strength

Thomas S. Monson: Search and Rescue

Thomas S. Monson -- The Priesthood: Mighty Army of the Lord

Photo Credit: Mormon Newsroom


  1. Thank you for sharing this, Katherine; what a pleasure it was to watch that talk in it's entirety. I have not heard this talk either, but it reminds me of a Sacrament Meeting talk I heard a few years back... one which was given by a missionary and one which I will never forget. He shared this very same message and told a story of two teachers who were unknowing subjects of a study. One teacher was a teacher of advanced study... with students that were deemed to be particularly advanced in comparison to their peers. The other teacher was one who taught those who struggled in their studies and needed additional attention. The study panel switched these classes unbeknown to the teachers and watched what later ensued. Would you believe that the previously struggling students who found themselves in the advanced class actually tested significantly higher at the end of the year than did the previously-supposed gifted class? It was attributed to the teacher's expectations and view of his/her students. I think it goes right along with Pres. Monson's account of the missionary who was able to see each person he contacted as the divine son or daughter of God that they truly were.. no matter their present circumstances.

    Certainly we know the Lord is hastening His work. He is asking us to increase our efforts and expectations. This message couldn't be more timely, and more applicable to me. Thank you!

    1. What a wonderful testimony of exactly what President Monson has lived his life testifying and living! For me, I think that is what I am taking away; that each day, what we do should be to uplift and outreaching to help another come unto Christ -- in whatever way we are able. The Lord has provided so many paths for individuals wherever they are on their journey of life that all lead to the temple ordinances. It's a wonderful plan.

      And yet, President Monson has shown us that it begins with charity shown in our individual relationships, and how we interact with people -- how we serve the one. How that service to the one then affects the whole and so on... It's a beautiful thing when each one of us consecrates our very best to the Lord.

      What a beautiful message.

  2. Thank you Sis. Skaggs. This is something I brought up in Branch Counsil just this past Sunday! Glad to know my words were His words and that they were, in fact, inspired. ('Cuz they caused a bit of a stink...)

    1. Good for you, Emelie! I'm glad to know not everyone was sleeping! ; )

  3. I appreciate you sharing these links. I have been reading the Autobiography of President Monson and I cry while I am reading it. Yes,I have a true testimony that He is the Prophet of our day.
    Blessings to you!

    1. Beautiful, LeAnn. Thank you for your testimony.

  4. So, I'm way way late on this, but I thought of you and this post the moment I heard that the Pope had stepped down. Not saying President Monson knew that was coming, but the fact that he reaffirmed to us that the church is in good hands and has a system to keep it running, no matter what was striking given the timing! :)

    1. That is such a great thought, Jocelyn. Thank you for sharing it. The minute I heard the Pope had decided to step down, my immediate thought went to how inspired the organization of the First Presidency is, in that the Lord has prepared a system in which the mantle is sustained by those who share equal authority, set apart to uphold it.


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