I've learned things about him that I wish I could say I knew before, but I didn't. Maybe at one point I knew some of these things, but tonight I was reminded. I'd like to share some of the sweet things I learned tonight.
- I didn't know that his mother passed away while he was in college. She was only 50. He went through something I've often thought about & wondered how I'd survive. It makes me appreciate him, all the more, knowing that he endured that test.
- When he went on his mission, it was not a common thing. The Depression was happening. Right before he left, he found out that his bank and lost all of his money. His dad said he'd help, his brother contributed his earnings to help pay for his mission, and they found money that his mother had stashed away, all change. He considered that money sacred.
- Jori posted about this story today, and I loved watching him talk about it tonight, in the special. He wrote home to his father, on his mission, feeling like he wasn't doing enough, wasting time. His father wrote back and said, "Forget yourself and go to work." I want to apply that statement to my life. I need to forget myself more. I need to just go to work more. I loved thinking about that young man hearing it from his father & then doing it.
- Upon returning home from his mission in England, he said that he had no desire to ever travel again. Which is ironic, because he was the most traveled leader our church has ever seen. He started traveling immediately, as his responsibilities increased.
- I guess something that touched me was that he was a young man when he started being this amazing leader. He was in his 20's, serving in great capacities in our church. He was given such responsibility at a young age. When I think about where I am, what I could be doing, I know I'm not doing enough. He's given me a newfound motivation to serve more.
- When he was first called to be President of our church, his first international trip was to England. During that trip, he met with an old missionary companion. I loved watching footage, as those old men sat there and teased each other about life, living, growing old, etc. I loved watching them hug their goodbyes emotionally.