Towards the end of President Monson’s final address during the Sunday Morning Session of the October 2015 General Conference, he appeared to have difficulty standing, and at one point was leaning on the podium to brace himself.
We posted an amazing eye witness account of what President Uchtdorf was doing behind President Monson as he spoke, but an even more incredible story has surfaced that will give an answer to Moroni’s question “…have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men?”
Risa Bates, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commented the following on her Facebook page:
“Do you believe children see things we can’t? I do! My sister had her children draw the Prophet during his talk today to help them listen better.
President Monson’s health started to greatly falter towards the end of his talk, and many of us were worried. Yet he incredibly finished what he started.
My niece Saylor (age 5) did as she was told and “drew what she saw”. When my sister questioned her about the two figures on either side of him, she replied she didn’t know, but there were 2 guys!”
Saylor’s mother then explained a conversation she had with her daughter the following day. “The next morning I laid in bed with her and asked her to tell me more about the people she drew next to the Prophet. Her face lit up and with a huge smile she said, “they were covered with sprinkles!!” (Sparkles). Oh, how precious my girls are, and oh how precious our prophet is!!!”
How truly remarkable little children, who many times are allowed to see that which we cannot. Bates later said: ” I truly believe they are closer to “above” than we are. No wonder we are supposed to be ‘child-like’.”
I asked in a previous post, “Why did no one stand by President Monson’s side?” I now understand why the apostles let him finish his powerful message. Were they concerned he would suffer a painful fall? Perhaps. Were there heavenly angels bearing up the prophet? I believe so. Just to be safe, President Uchtdorf and other brethren of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were ready to catch our dear prophet if he fell.
Another scripture of note was fulfilled – “and they both saw and heard these children; yea, even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things…” (3 Nephi 26:16) This sweet child, and others across the globe that had eyes to see, witnessed their prophet being sustained with heavenly hands.
Of all the scriptures that President Monson has taught us over the years, one particular verse has been emphasized with great regularity, that being Doctrine and Covenants 84:88: I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. On that Conference day, this scripture, which he had rehearsed for years, was fulfilled.