|President Thomas S. Monson|
I was touched by the concluding hymn that was just so beautifully sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
1. We ever pray for thee, our prophet dear,
That God will give to thee comfort and cheer;
As the advancing years furrow thy brow,
Still may the light within shine bright as now,
Still may the light within shine bright as now.
2. We ever pray for thee with all our hearts,
That strength be given thee to do thy part,
To guide and counsel us from day to day,
To shed a holy light around our way,
To shed a holy light around our way.
3. We ever pray for thee with fervent love;
And as the children's prayer is heard above,
Thou shalt be ever blest, and God will give
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live,
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live.
–––Evan Stephens, 1854–1930.
Given what's being said by a certain unsavory character (who shall remain nameless) about President Thomas S. Monson and his health, and given the strong emphasis during today's morning session on the importance of the living prophet(s) for our time,* I thought this was a fitting hymn to conclude with.
We do pray for you, our beloved President Monson. Thank you for your inspiration and guidance over the years. Whatever ailments of the mind or body you may be facing, may God continue to bless and keep you. Even if age and declining health may furrow your brow, yet still we see the light within you shining bright.
* I hope said character paid close attention to Elder Russell M. Nelson's remarks in the morning session.