Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Prophet

Friday, May 15th was a very special day. It was the day that Truman and I met the Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.

My mom was in town for her uncle's funeral, and that evening was the family viewing. My great uncle, John Limburg, held a variety of church callings throughout his 91 years, including mission president, temple sealer, etc. but at one point was the bishop of the later-to-be-called Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mom's cousin was friends with President Monson's friend Tommy, and their fathers remained in contact until my great uncle's passing.

So, we knew there was a chance President Monson would come to the viewing, but were overwhelmed when he actually did, thinking about all of the duties and obligations he has associated with his calling. My mom, brother and sister-in-law arrived before Truman and I and had the privilege of spending 20 or so minutes in his presence as he shared stories, memories and even had the whole family laughing! He gave my great aunt Beverly (the new widow) a letter signed by him and the rest of the First Presidency to be read at the funeral the next day. He read the letter to her, which expressed their condolences and gratitude for the life and service of her husband. It was pretty remarkable, and my mom's cousin made copies for each of us to keep!

Anyway, when Truman and I got there and got out of the car I saw him. He was making his way out of the stake center and coming right towards us on the sidewalk. I didn't know what to do, so I just stopped, in case he wanted some privacy or didn't want to be bothered. He came right over to us and said hello. He reached for Truman's hand and shook it, and then told Truman to "give me five." I was in shock! I told Truman, "This is the Prophet," though I was still in awe of his Spirit. He then shook my hand and said that Truman "is a handsome guy, he takes after his mother," (meaning ME, of course!). What!? Did this just really happen? Yes, it did!

So, it was basically amazing! It was so considerate of him to stop and speak to us, and he was so sweet with Truman. I still can't believe it, but feel so blessed to have had the privilege to meet our dear, living Prophet, a true servant of the Lord. What a wonderful day...


jlthomas said...

That is such a neat experience! Truman is going to love hearing that story over and over again!

Becca said...

What an amazing story! I love it.

Also, I read your latest post and totally agree that all the words they learn and the way they see the world is so great to watch. They're fascinated with everything and it makes you realize how wonderful the very ordinary things in life are.

Veeda said...

This is so special! He's right you know. You are one pretty lady.