6 Inspiring Stories from President Monson (That He Never Told at Conference)

by | Jun. 01, 2017


6 Stories from President Monson You Haven't Heard at Conference

A Surprising House Guest

On one occasion while visiting the Indianapolis Stake, I remember President Low, who is with Purdue University there, saying to me, "Brother Monson, would you like to come out to my home and stay with us, or would you prefer to forgo that forty-mile drive and stay here with my counselor in Indianapolis?"

I responded, "Well, President Low, it's late at night, and if it's all the same to you I'll stay with your counselor here in Indianapolis."

The next morning President Low greeted me at eight o'clock and said, "Elder Monson, you made an inspired decision."

I said, "How's that?"

He replied, "Well, we have a son away at Brigham Young University, and our anticipation was that we, of course, would have you occupy our bedroom on Saturday evening. But unknown to us, and totally unexpectedly, our son returned from Brigham Young University at two in the morning, came in the front door, walked up the stairs to our bedroom, turned on the light, and yelled, 'Surprise!'" I don't know who would have been more surprised on that occasion, the Brigham Young University student or Elder Monson. 

(Read the full talk, "A Time to Choose," given in a BYU devotional on Jan. 16, 1973)

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