By Stephen M. Bird, talk given during Sunday Sacrament Service on April 8, 2012 at the Grove Creek 7th Ward
Just last week, a dear friend passed away in St. George. He was only 60 years old. He was three years younger than me. While working in North Dakota he began experiencing congestion in his lungs and pain in his stomach. He thought he had bronchitis and an ulcer. The symptoms became severe and his wife drove him home to St. George. Doctors at the hospital there diagnosed him with stage-four esophageal cancer and he died a few days later. News of his death came to Peggy and I as a complete surprise and Peggy wept in my arms for a long time.
by Natalie Wilson, November 13, 2011
During General Conference in April of 1992, President Monson said, “This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.
“We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude is among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.”