This week one of the greatest men and givers of time, service, and compassion has passed to the other side. He was the President of my faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had the honor of knowing President Thomas S. Monson and my heart is equally grieved and grateful at this time.
A story that struck me, as recounted by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the Deseret News as follows, pertains to my message of serving and caring for The One, which President Monson did as a lifelong rescuer of men:
As an inexperienced, 23-year-old Mormon bishop, Thomas Monson had a distressing problem that would define his life.
He had the distinct spiritual prompting to leave a priesthood leadership meeting as his stake president was speaking and visit an elderly member of his congregation in the hospital. It seemed rude to stand, shuffle over 20 people and exit as his presiding leader spoke. Instead, he sat uncomfortably until the talk ended, then bolted for the door before the closing prayer.
At the hospital, he ran down the corridor. He stopped when he saw commotion outside the room of the man he was to visit. A nurse told him the man had died, calling Bishop Monson’s name as he passed away. Shattered, the fledgling bishop went outside and wept, sobbing. He vowed then, in the parking lot of the old Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City’s Avenues, that he would never turn a deaf ear to another prompting.
“It’s the most impressive story I know from him about his ministry to the one,” said Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “As far as I know he kept that promise ever since. It became fundamentally characteristic of his life and what sets him apart from others, that he committed to this idea of following a prompting, and the focus almost always was a single person.” (full article here)
I love this story.
It begs the question, “Am I keeping The Promise to The One to follow the prompting?”
Whether you believe in spiritual promptings of the heart, positive energy of the universe, or the conscience that speaks to our minds, are you following the feeling?
When you know, in a business meeting, you should stand up for the person wrongly accused.
As you see the stranded car on the freezing highway.
When tinged awake in the middle of the night to check on your little ones.
Whether fearful of a career being compromised by your bravery and leadership, perhaps running late to the next appointment with no time to stop and help, or just plain tired as you know the kids will be fine, what promise can you keep today, and from now on, when prompted to do what is right?
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