President and Sister Samuelson speak to students at BYU

Individuals must look to the examples of the prophets and do their best to emulate them, BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, a member of the Seventy, said during Brigham Young University's weekly devotional held Jan. 5. His wife, Sister Sharon Samuelson, joined him in addressing the assembly.

Sharing experiences that have had a great impact on his life, President Samuelson told stories of personal encounters with President David O. McKay, the Church's ninth president, and President Thomas S. Monson.

"I believe we as members of the Church always have tender feelings about the prophet, but with our family it was particularly so with President McKay," he said. "He was not only the prophet and president of the Church, but he was a dear friend of many years to my maternal grandparents."

President Samuelson told of President McKay's association with his grandfather, Joseph Mitchell, as they served a mission to Scotland at the same time. He told of multiple experiences as a young Mormon missionary meeting President McKay, and the impact each encounter had on his own life.

One experience President Samuelson spoke of happened when he was a missionary in Scotland. President McKay was visiting with missionaries when a group of reporters barged into the room. Asking if he was a true prophet, President McKay responded, "Look me in the eyes. Can you tell me that I am not a prophet?"

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