Another January has come and gone! I hope we all took a moment and thought about the coming year… if not to make resolutions, then at least to rededicate ourselves to being more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It was with mixed feeling that I heard the news of President Thomas S. Monson’s passing on January 2. He was truly a great man and Prophet of God. He’ll be missed and remembered for his selfless service. It was comforting to see the new Presidency established. President Nelson, President Oaks, and President Eyring… to paraphrase a scripture: If God (and his Prophets) be for us, who can be against us!
January saw the implementation of a new curriculum for Relief Society and Priesthood quorums. It’s a big change and will likely take some getting used to as we strive to follow this inspired counsel. If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out the last few pages of the November Ensign: Come Follow Me – For Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society. It’s full of good information on why the change, and how it will improve our class experiences. There’s also a great article in January’s Ensign: To Sit in Council.
All of that leads nicely into February’s theme: Charity. President Monson was my hero and example when it comes to Charity. He taught it. He lived it. He helped show us how we can have “the pure love of Christ” more fully in our own lives, and how to share that love with others. I end with his words from April General Conference:
“Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. And as we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home. I so pray in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord, amen.”
Brother Walker, 2nd Counselor