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The passing of Frances B. Monson

By Shelah Miner

We just read that Frances B. Monson, wife of our beloved prophet, passed away this morning. We all know that the wives of our church leaders make great sacrifices and are influential in their own right. Do you have any special memories of Sister Monson or of the wives of our past prophets? Please share them here.

About Shelah Miner

(Co-Editor-in-Chief) teaches English at BYU and French at a Salt Lake City middle school. She has an addiction to her Audible account, hates making dinner, and embraces the chaos of life with a husband, six kids, a dog, a lizard and four rabbits.

5 thoughts on “The passing of Frances B. Monson”

  1. I remember Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She and President Hinckley were so cute together. She was so optimistic and happy, and yet understood the struggles that women face. As a teenager, I remember really looking up to her.

  2. I was standing in a long line at Deseret Book during the Christmas holidays, and Sister Hinckley was waiting right behind me in line. I had heard her deliver an inspiring talk earlier that week at a Regional Conference and had read President Hinckley's biography. Her example inspired me.

    Normally, I wouldn't bother or intrude on the time of a prophet or his wife, but as we continued to wait, I told Sister Hinckley that I had heard her speak and enjoyed her talk. "Thanks for all your service," I said…or something to that effect.

    She replied, "I haven't done anything you or any other woman would have done in my situation."

    Such grace and humility! I loved her more!

  3. When I graduated from BYU, Sister Hinckley received an honorary degree and gave a talk. When I asked my non-member mother what she thought of the various speakers, she said, "I liked the old lady."

    We all liked the old lady, Mom.

  4. Everything I have read about Sister Monson makes me wish I had known her! She was such an intelligent and loving woman! Reading about her again today has inspired me to be a more supportive wife and mother.

  5. A Relief Society teacher in my ward showed a clip of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland doing a q&a on listening to the Spirit and then acting on the promptings. He said the master on doing that is President Monsen. He then said as you listen to the stories of him acting on those promptings, never forget that in the unseen background was Sister Francis Monsen who never held Pres. Monsen back by complaining about all the times he left to act on those promptings or never said, "what do you mean you feel you have to leave again? You just got home and you're never here". These unbelievably sacrificing wives of the apostles and prophets are our living handbooks of what it truly means to be "an elect lady".


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