I really enjoyed conference this past weekend. I was interested, as most all listeners were, in observing the tone and nuances of a mantle of a prophet changing to a new leader.
I have always felt a closeness to President Monson, but I felt it more in this past conference. He seemed more open, more friendly, more personable than usual - and this is saying a lot for a general authority who has always been open, friendly and personable. I felt a tenderness, and kindness. He was not only prophetic, but also very human (when he wiggled his ears in the Priesthood Session, I rolled in laughter and felt such an affinity for him - that was just priceless!). I liked that. I liked that he was reachable, approachable, and I felt his kindness and love for me individually.
When I woke up this morning and heard on the radio that plans were being made for President Monson to personally meet with representatives of Affirmation. As Utah Cog says, its "another step", but it is a step, and a good step at that, and I can't help but feel that goodness, and sweetness, kindness and understanding will come from this gathering and will become the "legacy" of our new Prophet.
Happy Monday and hopefully a happier, kinder and gentler Church to come...