The following was written by Greg Trimble, but the sentiment of this beautiful letter captures the feelings of members of the Church around the world.
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.