Recently, President Henry B. Eyring posted a touching photo on Facebook of himself and President Monson standing by a temple. Next to the photo, he described the love he has for this inspired servant of the Lord as a "gift from God," suggesting that our Heavenly Father will help us as we strive to sustain our prophet.
Don’t take lightly the feeling you get of love for the prophet of God. Wherever I go in the Church, whoever the prophet is at the time, members will ask, “When you get back to Church headquarters, will you please tell the prophet how much we love him?”
That is far more than hero worship or the feelings we sometimes have of admiring heroic figures. It is a gift from God. With it you will receive more easily the gift of confirming revelation when he speaks in his office as the Lord’s prophet. The love you feel is the love the Lord has for whoever is His spokesman.
That is not easy to feel continually because the Lord often asks His prophets to give counsel that is hard for people to accept. The enemy of our souls will try to lead us to take offense and to doubt the prophet’s calling from God.
At general conference in 2014, President Russell M. Nelson shared, "Yesterday, we were each invited to sustain Thomas S. Monson as the prophet of the Lord and President of the Lord’s Church. And often we sing, 'We thank thee, O God, for a prophet.' Do you and I really understand what that means? Imagine the privilege the Lord has given us of sustaining His prophet, whose counsel will be untainted, unvarnished, unmotivated by any personal aspiration, and utterly true! . . . Our sustaining of prophets is a personal commitment that we will do our utmost to uphold their prophetic priorities."
How blessed we are to have a prophet on the earth today and that we can practice our faith by sustaining the prophet, even in challenging times.