Sunday, April 22, 2018

President Thomas S. Monson on meeting the demands of our future

President Thomas S. Monson (1927–2018) was sustained to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1963. He served as a counselor in the First Presidency with Presidents Benson, Hunter, and Hinckley and then became Church president in 2008. He led the Church for almost a decade until his passing in January 2018.
"To meet the combined demands of the accumulated past and of the accumulating future, all of us need:
"To act—not just react.
"To innovate—not just imitate.
"To program—not just resolve.
"To accelerate—not just vacillate."
- Thomas S. Monson, “Spectrum-on-the-Road,” Bountiful, Utah, March 14, 1968; see "President Thomas S. Monson quotes: highlights of a prophet's teachings," Church News, January 3, 2018

This enthusiastic and encouraging invitation from President Monson is so typical of the attitude of his life—that we be active, productive, and growing:

We might do well to consider various aspects of our life—family, professional, church service, personal growth—and evaluate how we are doing based on this challenge. Are we truly moving forward in positive ways, or are we just hanging on and maintaining the status quo? Are we challenging ourselves to accelerate our activities and achievements? This is a worthwhile thought to ponder. President Monson suggests that this kind of attitude will be necessary to "meet the... demands... of the accumulating future."

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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