With their bright blooms and endless varieties, it is little wonder that flowers have inspired Church leaders’ talks for years. For your springtime pleasure, we’ve compiled a list of flower analogies and stories from general authorities and auxiliary leaders.
The Golden Chrysanthemum and the Old Bucket
“Mary was visiting with a friend who had a greenhouse. As she looked at her friend’s flowers, she noticed a beautiful golden chrysanthemum but was puzzled that it was growing in a dented, old, rusty bucket. Her friend explained, ‘I ran short of pots, and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn’t mind starting in this old pail. It’s just for a little while, until I can put it out in the garden.’
“Mary smiled as she imagined just such a scene in heaven. ‘Here’s an especially beautiful one,’ God might have said when He came to the soul of the little old man. ‘He won’t mind starting in this small, misshapen body.’ But that was long ago, and in God’s garden how tall this lovely soul must stand!” —President Thomas S. Monson, “Charity Never Faileth,” general conference, October 2010”