Page told me during breakfast this morning that President Thomas S. Monson passed away last night. The realization that a great soul had left this mortal life washed over me. I wanted to pay tribute to him today so I decided I would take his framed picture with me to work and set it aside a lighted candle. It would be my way to acknowledge the illuminating effect he has had in my life and the life of so many others, as well as signify that his light lives on.
Here's how it looked:
I moved him throughout the day so that I could always see him. I also spent some time reading some of his most beloved quotes. I felt his presence and my love for his great soul increased. Some of the quotes I shared with others throughout the day include:
Decisions determine destiny
Your future is as bright as your faith
Search inward. Reach outward. Look heavenward
Never postpone a prompting
We can't direct the wind but we can adjust the sails
It's always better to look up
Stand for the right even if you stand alone
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved
May we ever choose the harder right than the easier wrong
Choose your love. Love your choice
I'm excited to dream about President Monson tonight. I'm excited to hear what he has to say to me. I'm also excited that he is now with so many of his dear friends. I'm sure it was a lovely reunion with his wife and Gordon Hinckley, Neal Maxwell, David Haight, Boyd Packer, and more. Heck he has many quorum members who have passed to the other side already. Indeed, he is in another very happy place. Which reminds me of his saying "Of this be sure, you do not find the happy life, you make it."
May we remember to make a happy life for ourselves and for others. Thomas S. Monson, thank you for your inspiring words, and more importantly, your inspiring life. Your life was your message and your light lives on!