Something amazing has happened.
Something has happened in the last couple of years to my family. I’ve prayed and prayed for my children and things have happened. Scott is teaching Gospel Essentials. He is with Andie. He has a job in Laramie. He seems happy. Tracy’s family is thriving! Tracy is doing genealogy work! She is finding peace and comfort and joy! She has 169 people temple-ready! In two weeks!!!! I never saw that coming! Cameron has a wonderful friend/partner, Nicole, who we all love and adore. He seems content and sounds like he is doing well. Stephen has his job at FMC. He is supporting himself. He is paying off his loans. He is having a little too much fun. Mikelle and Logan are back at work. She is adorable and focused on motherhood and making a home. I am at Peace with the Gospel. I feel blessed to have a good job with retirement benefits and insurance. I know Heavenly Father knows me and is aware of my petitions to him on behalf on my children. I am comfortable right now. I don’t need anything.
This past Sunday I taught a lesson on President Monson’s two conference talks. He tells us: Stand in Holy Places and Dare to Stand Alone.
You know, there was a time that I didn’t really want to have President Monson as our Prophet. I loved the Prophet Joseph. I love studying about him. I loved President Hinckley. I miss President Hinckley. I’ve had a hard time thinking that Thomas S. Monson could fill those shoes. But, today I know differently. Today I know that he has been carefully led, prepared, even tutored, through this life [and I’m sure the life before this one . . .] to be right where he is today. He is the mouthpiece of the Lord.
President Ezra Taft Benson said, “The most important prophet, so far as we are concerned, is the one who is living in our day and age. This is the prophet who has today’s instructions from God to us today. God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark. Every generation has need of the ancient scripture plus the current scripture from the living prophet. Therefore, the most crucial reading and pondering which you should do is of the latest inspired words from the Lord’s mouthpiece. That is why it is essential that you have access to, and carefully read his words, in current Church publications.” (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Seoul Korea Area Conference 1975, p. 52.)
Life is good.
They can release me from that calling now. Because, I now know without a doubt why I was given that calling. And, I got it. I know that President Monson is the living prophet today in 2012. I have listened to Heidi Swinton tell the story of writing his biography. It is inspiring and I can hardly wait to get the book for myself.
Life is so good.
A very fine fellow [who shall remain nameless] was listening to me read something from the Conference talks in the Priesthood session. He wondered who wrote it and when I told him “the Big Guy,” he said he didn’t really care for him. I knew exactly what he was talking about. For four years I haven’t ‘cared for him.’ But, I truly believe it is a test for our times. People didn’t care for Lehi, either, and look what happened to them. I believe, ‘not caring’ for our current Prophet can be the first steps of disbelieving and can lead to inactivity and/or apostasy. It’s something none of us can afford to trifle with in these last days. I gave him the what-for and I’m sure he is doing an about-face on that subject at this very moment. I hope so.
An about-face is exactly what I have needed and I’m so relieved/happy/comforted that I can say I’ve done a one-eighty in that department. Thank you, Lord, for not giving up on me until I got this right.
Life is so so good.