On Sunday, Marie Osmond took to Facebook to share her feelings about the man who comforted her at her son's and her parents' funerals: Thomas S. Monson.
Marie's life intersected with that of our late prophet's on numerous occasions, and Marie shared one of the lessons she most remembers from this prolific man:
On January 12, 2018, our LDS president Thomas S Monson will be laid to rest. I would like to dedicate my Sunday message to this incredible leader and personal friend who has helped me gain a clearer vision of heavenly family reunions in the life hereafter. He consoled me at my parents’ funeral services and gave me full hope and a renewed promise of life after death during my son Michael’s service. I will truly miss his great counsel and spirit.
One of my favorite stories he taught me was when he came down to Provo, Utah, and gave my dear mother a blessing when she suffered a massive stroke. He said he was just following the Lord’s List that day. President Monson taught me then the importance of always carrying a little notebook in my purse or pocket. He said, “When the Spirit speaks, write it down immediately.” At the end of the day, make sure you do God’s List first before you check off your own list of “To Do’s.” He explained that the Spirit never hounds or pounds at us, but rather, comes as a prompting, a brush or a feeling—that’s why we need to write these impressions down so as not to forget. President Monson taught me that day that at times, not only do we learn how God wants us to serve one another but even some of the answers to our questions and daily prayers often come to us through silent promptings of the Spirit. He continued saying that the Spirit told him that my mother needed a blessing, and it was a comfort to our family when he followed his prompting and showed up at the hospital.
He was a living example of following the promptings of the Spirit:
President Monson often said, “The Spirit of truth is of God.”
He told us that story that day in the hospital and I could tell you many others. I know that God communicates to us through the sweet, calm and still small voice of inspiration that comes to those who strive to listen and who are obedient to His counsels and commandments. I pray this day and always that the Holy Ghost will communicate to our spirits and minds to know His will for us.
One of my favorites quotes by President Monson:
“We watch. We wait. We listen for that still, small voice. When it speaks, wise men and women obey. We do not postpone... promptings of the Spirit.”
Thomas Monson, you continue to be a disciple of Christ, a humble man who is always on the Lord’s errand and a true inspiration. Thank you for your dedication to our Savior.