What I Learned from Thomas S. Monson in Seventeen Minutes | Meridian Magazine

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October 22, 2021


The coverstone ceremony of the Gilbert Arizona Temple on Sunday, March 2, 2014 was wonderful, sacred and full of the Spirit. Traditionally this is the symbolic completion of the Temple—putting the last mortar on the southeast cornerstone. I had no idea what I was going to witness with my camera, but it was life changing.     I hope you will read each caption and look carefully at each picture—the message is subtle and powerful.     President Boyd K. Packer said a most haunting statement about President Monson: “He is more Christlike than the rest of us. He’s known for emphasizing and elevating things that are most important, the ordinary things. He is the one for whom the widow and the orphan are not just statements in a book.” I’ve thought about that statement from the President of the Twelve Apostles a great deal. This day I saw and felt the cornerstone of President Monson’s life and example before my own eyes.


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