Funeral services for Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were held Friday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Family and friends remembered him as a humble man, who cared about others more than himself.
During the memorial, Monson’s daughter Ann M. Dibb described how her father left a legacy of love and service. She spoke about how even through her dad was a prophet, he was not perfect.
“About a year ago, he was working in his and a copy of the Ensign magazine was open, and there displayed his picture, explained Dibb. “My father pointed to the picture and said, ‘I know that guy, he tried his best.’”
She said there is no better way to honor the death of her father than following his example and helping other people.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who served as President Monson’s 2nd Councilor in the Church’s First Presidency, said he considered him a friend long before he knew him.
“Thomas S. Monson was a man for all seasons, truly a spiritual giant,” Uchtdorf described. “He abounded in knowledge, faith, love, vision, testimony, courage and compassion. Leading and serving, never from a pedestal, but always eye-to-eye.”
He talked about how he will miss President Monson’s voice, steadiness, confidence, smile and stories, which he considers parables of a modern prophet of God.
Henry B. Eyring, who served as 1st Councilor in the First Presidency, said later that caring for others was always a part of President Monson’s life.
“He would go to visit someone in need, feel while he was there an impression to go to another person, and then to another,” Eyring described. “More than a few times, such a person said, ‘I knew you would come.’”
He explained how President Monson was an example of optimism and courage, while leading the church or making difficult decisions.
The concluding speaker was Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who is set to become the next Mormon Church president. He spoke about the 50-years of friendship he shared with President Monson, and said there will never be another man like him.
“President Monson never sought the limelight,” shared Nelson. “In a world now saturated with selfies, he modeled selflessness. He personified the statement of the Lord who said, ‘He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.’ He gave his own time to visit, bless and love others.”
He noted that church membership has risen from 2.1 million in 1963 when President Monson joined the Quorum to nearly 16 million today. During that same time, the number of missionaries increased from 5,700 to 70,000 and temples went from 12 to 159.
Nelson concluded, saying President Monson taught as a prophet and testified as a prophet. “He lived as a prophet and died as a prophet.”
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