Sunday-- 6 October 2013
Today, marked the last day of General Conference, October 2013. It was remarkable! We were reminded to stay close to the Lord. We were encouraged to Love God and to Love others. We were invited over and over again, to share our testimonies. It is my hope and prayer, that through this post, the Spirit will be felt, my testimony shared, and most of all, that the heart of each reader will be touched. I was moved to tears, as President Thomas S. Monson spoke this morning. He opened his talk, remembering his sweet wife Francis, who passed away, just a few months prior. President Monson spoke of her sweetness and their close friendship. He spoke of her constant support without complaint. He said, "To say that I miss her does not even begin to describe my feelings..." He described his loss as "profound". And said she was, "an angel indeed." My heart began to pound as I thought about my years as a wife, the past three years without that role and title, and the past two months of remarrige, as a wife again. It was not a question of, "could it be said of me that I was supportive, a trusted confidant or closest friend?" It was much more than that. It was a question of, "would it be said of me?" Would I be described as an "angel?" Once I pass from this life to the next, would my loss be "profound?" I realized again, the importance of my role as a wife and a mother, and soon to be "grandmother"(that's right--- April 2013) meant to me. The incredible warmth I felt from head to toe, testified to me, that these roles are eternal, and also mean everything to Him. This testified to my very being, how much I love being a wife, and as equally powerful, how much I had missed that role.
I decided today, that if I wanted to be referred to as an angel, that I had better go about my day as an angel would. And, that if my loss was to be felt and my legacy remembered, I had work to do!! In his address, President Monson shared the words of a poet: