Friday, May 17, 2013
A Life of Quiet Service
When Derek was the Bishop, it was hard for me. I was thankful that he could have new opportunities to learn, and grow, and to help people, but I was a bit sad for me. I am jealous of Derek's time. I like it to be mostly spent with me! During those years I often thought of the wives of the apostles and Prophets, and I thought of Sister Monson specifically.
President Monson was a bishop at a very young age, and he spent hours and hours helping people. What did Sister Monson do? She took care of the children, and taught them well. She loved them, she loved her husband, and she supported him in his efforts. From the time he was Bishop until now, President Monson has had callings that have required immense amounts of time and energy. We have heard of the wonderful things he has done to help groups and individuals. But all along, there was his wife that I rarely heard a thing about, in the background, taking care of home and family, and supporting her husband so that he could go to the rescue of those around him.
When Derek was Bishop I learned to pray, not just for my priesthood leaders, but for their wives and families who are there in the background living lives of quiet service. So today I will send up one more prayer of thanks for a wonderful lady, Sister Frances Monson, who did so much good beside her husband, who I love and honor as a prophet of God.
**Picture from http://mormonsoprano.com
at May 17, 2013