Saturday, May 25, 2013

Videos Of The Funeral Of Sister Frances J. Monson At The Salt Lake Tabernacle -- Abridged And Full-Length; Utah Congressman Chris Stewart Delivers Tribute In The U.S. House

This is a bit after the fact, but if any of you are looking for videos of the funeral of Sister Frances Monson, the wife of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson, I have found two of them and embedded them here. The funeral took place in the LDS Tabernacle in Salt Lake on May 23rd, 2013. Conducting was President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, but the main eulogy was delivered by Sister Ann M. Dibb, the daughter of the Monsons. Sister Dibb described her mother as a woman who left a legacy of humility, service, faithfulness and love. President and Sister Monson met in 1944 and were married on October 7th, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. The couple have three children: Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer; they also have eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The Deseret News provides a more detailed mainstream media report.

The first video is an abridged report from LDS Public Affairs:

The second video is the full-length 78-minute version:

In his remarks, President Eyring noted that "while this is a time of sorrow, it is also a time of gladness for Sister Monson, who had a rich and rewarding life." He added that her "talents were many, her love abundant, her character above reproach and her faith unshakable." President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, the Second Counselor, described Sister Monson as a true woman of Zion with a depth of spirit and character. President Uchtdorf also noted that although Sister Monson rarely, if ever, spoke at length to members of the Church, her compassionate, kind and gentle life is full of sermons by which we and the membership of this Church are richly blessed and which will never be forgotten.

An estimated 3,000 people were in attendance. Following the service, a small group gathered for a graveside service at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. While Clark Monson offered the family prayer before the funeral, the Monsons’ other son, Thomas L. Monson, gave the dedication at the grave. Family members and mourners placed yellow flowers atop the casket.

The tributes spread outside of Utah as well. The day before on May 22nd, Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, who is also LDS, delivered his own tribute to Sister Monson on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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