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12 memorable moments from President Monson's funeral

President Thomas S. Monson’s casket is brought into the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson’s casket is brought into the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
Ravell Call, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — President Thomas S. Monson’s funeral was held Jan. 12 at the Conference Center. The following are some memorable moments from the funeral services.

'He tried his best'

Sister Ann M. Dibb, President Monson’s daughter, said although he was a prophet of God, her father knew he was not perfect and relied on the Lord. She told the story of a time when her father saw a picture of himself in an open copy of an Ensign magazine while he was working in his office.

“My father pointed to the picture and said, ‘I know that guy. He tried his best,’” Sister Dibb said.

A tender embrace

Sister Dibb talked about President Monson’s service to others and how even complete strengers could feel his love. She recounted an experience in which President Monson visited a local nursing care facility and shook hands with a man in a wheelchair.

“The man looked up and timidly said, ‘President Monson, you have shaken my hand, but I need an embrace.’ And without hesitation, Dad bent down and he tenderly embraced this dear man,” Sister Dibb said.

'Ann, I feel we’ve done some good today'

Sister Dibb recalled a visit she and her father once paid to 98-year-old Elder Glen Rudd, who had called President Monson’s office after some time had passed since the prophet’s last visit.

“He asked, ‘Is President Monson out visiting the sick, the afflicted and the aged? If so, I qualify,’” Sister Dibb said. “We quickly responded with a visit to his home, and after the visit, Dad turned with a smile on his face and said, ‘Ann, I feel we’ve done some good today.’”

'We will miss his voice'

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who served as President Monson’s second counselor in the First Presidency, listed many things that will be missed about President Monson.

“We will miss his voice, his steadiness, his confidence in the Lord, his smile, his wit, his enthusiasm, his optimism and his stories, which I consider parables of a modern prophet of God,” President Uchtdorf said.

An inspired visit

President Uchtdorf told of a time when President Monson insisted on visiting an ill and bedridden former stake president and patriarch while visiting Germany for a conference. President Monson had just undergone foot surgery, but he insisted on visiting the stalwart German pioneer of the church, although he lived on the fifth floor of a building with no elevators.

“It was a very painful climb for President Monson, but he cheerfully went on,” President Uchtdorf said. “We reached the bedridden brother and President Monson gave him a wonderful priesthood blessing, thanked him for his life of dedicated service and cheered him up with a smile.”

'A tender and powerful testimony'

President Uchtdorf related President Monson’s words as President Uchtdorf was recently leaving the prophet’s home.

“President Monson stopped us and said, ‘I love the Savior Jesus Christ, and I know that he loves me.’ What a tender and powerful testimony by the prophet of God,” President Uchtdorf said. “President Monson was truly a prophet for our time. He was a man for all seasons.”

A favorite scripture

President Henry B. Eyring, who served as President Monson’s first counselor in the First Presidency, said the prophet’s faith in Doctrine and Covenants 84:88 made him optimistic and courageous.

“When he was called to go into what appeared to be dangerous or perilous situations, others might be afraid, yet he felt no fear,” President Eyring said. “He believed that the Lord went before him and that angels were placed around him to bear him up. That proved true.”

'There will never be another like him'

“My feelings are tender for this man I have known and loved for more than 50 years,” President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles expressed at the beginning of his remarks. “President Monson lived a remarkable life. There will never be another like him.”

A legacy of growth

President Nelson spoke of the legacy of growth that President Monson left behind in the church.

“We are all better because of him, and the church is better because of him,” President Nelson said. “Since his ordination as an apostle in 1963, church membership has risen from 2.1 million to nearly 16 million. The number of currently serving missionaries has grown from 5,700 to nearly 70,000. And temples, then only 12 in number, now number 159, and more are coming.”

Constantly focused on the individual

President Nelson talked about President Monson’s focus on others and how the prophet never sought the limelight.

“He reminded us with his expressions such as, ‘Send a note to your friend you’ve been neglecting,’ ‘Give your child a hug,’ ‘Say, “I love you” more often,’ ‘Always express your thanks’ and, ‘Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved,’” President Nelson said. “In a world now saturated with selfies, he modeled selflessness.”

'We trust you'

President Nelson recounted the experience of a time when he and President Monson visited East Berlin in 1988 to ask Erich Honecker, chairman of the State Council for the German Democratic Republic, and his staff to allow missionaries to serve there.

“After President Monson’s plea, all awaited Chairman Honecker’s response, I with breathless anxiety,” President Nelson said. “I will never forget Chairman Honecker’s reply. ‘President Monson, we know you. We have watched you for many years. We trust you. Your request regarding missionaries is approved.’”

'He lived as a prophet and died as a prophet'

At the conclusion of his remarks, President Nelson proclaimed his witness that President Thomas S. Monson was a prophet of God.

“He taught as a prophet and testified as a prophet,” President Nelson said. “He had the courage of a prophet and the kindness of a prophet. He received revelation as a prophet and responded as a prophet. He lived as a prophet and died as a prophet.”