I have often spoken of favorites over the years.  Favorite speakers, favorite apostles, favorite songs… Today I am going to share poems and art to honor my favorite prophet, Thomas S. Monson!  I rejoice in this dear and faithful son of God.  My choice to follow Thomas S. Monson has altered my eternity.  The beauty of following a true prophet of God is they always lead you toward home.  Even though he is on the other side of the veil, I am going to keep following his counsel and his charitable example.  His influence on me will continue and I am very grateful for that.  I thank my great God for the beautiful gift of our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson!  

All of the artwork and poems being shared have been done to honor and remember our dear prophet and friend! 

He Lived

He lived with the spirit, he shone with true light,
He lifted the weary and did what was right.
He honored his priesthood and chose to share,
He was gentle and kind, loving and fair.

He gave his life freely to the kingdom of God,
He was faithful and true! He held to the rod!
He was a beacon of hope to those who would see,
He taught of our Savior and all that will be.

He lived with charity and added great fun,
He gave all he had and followed the Son.
He was a true prophet, noble and good,
He changed many hearts and did what he could.

He now rests from his cares with joy above,
He stands with his King and feels of His love.
Reunited with Frances together they go,
To the peace of eternal life and all they will know.

Written by Michelene Glasson

“He was beloved by members and nonmembers alike for his true Christlike living. In His ministry, Jesus of Nazareth ‘went about doing good, … for God was with him.’ President Monson took that example to heart and did the same.”

HEIDI SWINTON, BIOGRAPHER

Artwork by Micah

"I have learned, as I have mentioned in previous messages, never to postpone a prompting. On one occasion many years ago, I was swimming laps at the old Deseret Gym in Salt Lake City when I felt the inspiration to go to the University Hospital to visit a good friend of mine who had lost the use of his lower limbs because of a malignancy and the surgery which followed. I immediately left the pool, dressed, and was soon on my way to see this good man. When I arrived at his room, I found that it was empty. Upon inquiry I learned I would probably find him in the swimming pool area of the hospital, an area which was used for physical therapy. Such turned out to be the case. He had guided himself there in his wheelchair and was the only occupant of the room. He was on the far side of the pool, near the deep end. I called to him, and he maneuvered his wheelchair over to greet me. We had an enjoyable visit, and I accompanied him back to his hospital room, where I gave him a blessing. I learned later from my friend that he had been utterly despondent that day and had been contemplating taking his own life. He had prayed for relief but began to feel that his prayers had gone unanswered. He went to the pool with the thought that this would be a way to end his misery—by guiding his wheelchair into the deep end of the pool. I had arrived at a critical moment, in response to what I know was inspiration from on high. My friend was able to live many more years—years filled with happiness and gratitude. How pleased I am to have been an instrument in the Lord’s hands on that critical day at the swimming pool." Thomas S. Monson Consider The Blessings

Let Us

Let us offer sunshine and scatter flowers of light,
Let us lift another who is struggling to fight.
Let us plant the seeds of friendship and love,
Let us seek the spirit and pray to God above.

Let us encourage another who is in despair,
Let us bring hope by all we choose to share
Let us refrain from anger and every unkind word,
Let us stop and minister as our loving Lord.

Let us strengthen the bonds of true charity,
Let us seek with care to help another see.
Let us be an anchor amid the storm,
Let us add to others and do no harm.

Let us forgive and choose mercy every day,
Let us lift and inspire with every word we say.
Let us bring the miracle of Christ to every heart,
Let us offer His truth and lovingly impart.

Written by Michelene Glasson

“All of us have been called to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire and souls to save.” Thomas S. Monson

“What is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know… We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.“ Thomas S. Monson

Courage

Courage calls a man to honor the light within,
Courage asks your heart to find the strength to win.
Courage helps you see the true and faithful way,
Courage conquers fear and finds the strength to stay.

Courage answers well, every question from the dark,
Courage overcomes though the circumstance is stark.
Courage chooses the difficult path because it holds light,
Courage beckons you to faithfully finish the fight.

Courage calls your heart to valiance and true love,
Courage leads your feet toward your home above.
Courage faces loneliness and sees that God is there,
Courage wants eternal life and all that He would share.

Courage is found as we embrace the spirit of God,
Courage grows as we hold fast to the iron rod.
Courage helps every man keep safe God’s holy light,
Courage helps each man to choose the harder right!

Witten by Michelene Glasson

“May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.” Thomas S. Monson

“Courage is the word we need to hear and hold near our hearts, courage to turn our backs on temptation, courage to lift up our voices in testimony to all whom we meet, remembering that everyone must have an opportunity to hear the message. It is not an easy thing for most to do this. But we can come to believe in the words of Paul to Timothy: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not though therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.” Thomas S Monson

I know there was a great warm welcome in heaven when Thomas S. Monson went through the veil!!!

Artwork by Breana Glasson

Fill Your Heart

Fill your minds with truth, fill your heart with love,
Fill your lives with service, look to God above.
Fill your soul with mercy, fill your days with care,
Fill your hands with kindness, always choose to share.
Fill your ears with beauty, fill your eyes with light,
Fill your days with integrity, always do what’s right.

Written by Michelene Glasson

“May I leave with you a simple yet far reaching formula to guide you in the choices of life: fill your minds with truth, fill your hearts with love, fill your lives with service. By doing so, may we one day hear the plaudit from our Lord and Savior, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Thomas S. Monson Matthew 25:23

One of the sweet blessings I found during this week of pondering the life and teachings of Thomas S. Monson was finding and using his words to write the poem, Fill Your Heart. I will always think of this poem as the poem I wrote with my favorite prophet! I rejoice in the light and flowers that live in me because of his testimony and example. I thank God for the gift of Thomas S. Monson!

Artwork by Micah

“Your wife is your equal.  In marriage neither partner is superior nor inferior to the other.  You walk side by side as a son and a daughter of God.  She is not to be demeaned or insulted but should be respected and loved.” Thomas S. Monson
 
Love

Love adds and lifts upward, but never takes away,
Love lives in our days through all that we say.
Love is humble and meek, it never strikes a soul,
Love encourages you onward toward heavens goal.
Love ministers gently and never knocks you down,
Love seeks to bind up wounds and not cause a frown.
Love thinks of others first, and always will share
Love whispers you're important, I need you, I care.
Love listens with patience and will not ignore,
Love adds to your joy and helps you find more.
Love guards and protects, it will not cause pain,
Loves fruit is the joy that will always remain.
Love lights the path and will not add dark,
Love lifts you past adversity and all that is stark.
Love is faithful and virtuous, it will not betray,
Loves proof is found daily as we walk in God's way.

Written by Michelene Glasson