President Monson's many years of service have provided him with ample opportunities to address the membership of the LDS Church collectively. His remarks continually seek to uplift, and perfect the Saints.
Characteristic of President Monson's declaration that "decisions determine destiny," the prophet made a choice while serving as a young bishop that has defined the course of his life.
After failing to heed a prompting to leave a stake meeting to visit a member of his ward in the hospital, President Monson found out minutes too late that he had missed the last moments of the man's life. The man had been calling out for Bishop Monson before he died.