Dear President Monson,
Much of the world thinks I’m weird for believing in a prophet. But I say that without a prophet, we don’t have a correct understanding of Jesus Christ. It has been the same since the beginning of time. Prophets exist to reveal the character and attributes of Christ so that we can have a benchmark to strive for. You’ve done a great job in setting that benchmark.
I remember Christ being so frustrated with the Pharisees in Matthew 23 because they had rejected the prophets over and over again. So Christ tells them, “Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Christ is saying that there is no possible way for us to truly follow him and know him and understand what he wants us to become without first accepting, honoring, and following the prophets that are sent to us.
In saying all of that, I just wanted you to know how grateful we are to have a prophet in these last days. There are millions of us who have been brought closer to the Savior through your example and teachings. We’ve been trying to “Light the World” in 25 ways for 25 days straight. But in our eyes, you’ve been lighting the world with the apostolic message and example of Christ for over 50 years straight. I’ll never forget your humble motto: “I always want the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him.”
I want to be like that as well.
If I could summarize my observation of you during the time you’ve served as the prophet of the church, I would describe it as a time of ministering. A time of seeking out and finding the one. A time of selfless service. There was a time when you said that “the only thing more contagious than enthusiasm, was a lack of enthusiasm.” Even to this day… as you struggle to do the things you once did… I can still see the enthusiasm and fire in your eyes for the work of the Lord as you give every ounce of effort you have in speaking to us.
Your sense of humor. Your smile. Your kindness. Your stories. Your witness. Your selfless dedication to the Lord. Your tireless efforts on our behalf. The busy schedules. The late nights. The early mornings. The time you wiggled your ears at conference… all of it has helped each of us in unique and special ways to be better friends to each other and better sons and daughters to God.
So… I’m not really worried about the fact that some people think I’m strange for believing in a prophet. The way I see it, the world is a better place because of you and your example… and how can that be a bad thing?
During a recent Christmas broadcast, you said that “as did the Wise Men,” we should “seek a bright, particular star to guide us in our celebration of the Savior’s birth.” Well, President Monson… you’ve been that great bright beaming and guiding star for so many of us over the years. Your light has led us to the Savior, and there could be no greater accomplishment.
So Merry Christmas to you President Monson.
I hope you read this and know that we love you.