Thomas S. Monson, president, and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) died last night, at home, at the age of 90. He was a true example of leadership and service and demonstrated that those two things go together. Here are just a few examples of how demonstrated leadership.
Achieving Miracles Takes Hard Work
While serving as a General Authority in Europe during the 1960s, Monson promised Mormons living in East Germany that “if you will remain true and faithful to the commandments of God, every blessing any member of the Church enjoys in any other country will be yours.”
That was quite a promise for people living in a country that didn’t allow LDS church materials in, nor LDS church members out to visit temples (which is an essential part of LDS teaching). He didn’t just sit back and say, “You guys be faithful now!” He continued to work hard, meeting with people behind the scenes and developing friendships with East German leaders.
Because he couldn’t bring any official church documents into East Germany, he decided to memorize the LDS Handbook of Instructions. He arrived in East Germany and asked for a typewriter and began typing. Only then did he learn that somehow, they had a copy of the handbook. He willingly did whatever it took to create the miracle he foresaw.
To keep reading, click here: 5 Lessons in Leadership from Mormon Church President, Thomas S. Monson