How President Monson Taught Us About True Strength

General Conference is such a power packed weekend- full of wonderful messages and amazing answers to prayers. If you didn't hear an answer to your prayers, read it again or perhaps see if you're asking the wrong question. Sunday morning, our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson gave a talk called "Be an Example and a Light." However, some people seem to be fixated on the physical challenges President Monson exhibited while giving his talk. What they may be forgetting is President Monson was being the exact thing he was asking us to be- an example and a light.

Spiritual Strength

That Sunday morning, we were able to witness the difference between spiritual and physical strength. While one can do many wonderful things with physical strength, what a witness it was to see President Monson declare truths and show us what real spiritual strength is. What a spiritual giant this man is! His voice filled our homes with the spirit, it pierced our hearts, and it didn't matter that his physical body was wearing thin. He never looked stronger. As he talked about others who are great examples in spirit he stated,

We experience a special feeling when we are with them, a feeling that makes us want to associate with them and to follow their example. They radiate the Light of Christ and help us feel His love for us.

And that, President Monson, is exactly how we feel about you. That day I got to show my kids what real strength is. I was able to show them what matters most and they understood for they had just witnessed it. 

Be an Example

The message was not a new one for us. President Monson has often used this great scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12: 

Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

As he went through each of the different ways we need to be an example, you could see him be that scripture. He is an example in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. He is what he continually ask us to be.

Be a Light

Even though his body was weakening as he continued to testify, his light never shined brighter. As he warned us of the challenges that will come to all of us, he told us not to give up and we witnessed him continuing on. And so, now it is up to us. This talk may stick in our minds forever because of how fragile his body was but may the spiritual strength that he shone far outshine any of our concerns. President Monson is a Prophet of God. He is God's mouthpiece on earth and His light shines for all of us to see no matter how frail his physical body may become.

My brothers and sisters, our opportunities to shine surround us each day, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. As we follow the example of the Savior, ours will be the opportunity to be a light in the lives of others, whether they be our own family members and friends, our co-workers, mere acquaintances, or total strangers.

May we be like our Prophet has admonished us, lights to the world as He holds His light up for us.