One of my favorite experiences has been in the last few years when I’ve had the opportunity to accompany him on personal visits and as he's given blessings to individuals. I felt I was truly in a sacred place when he expressed his love to others, and they to him. And he would always say, "I could be anywhere in the world, but I've chosen to be with you." It was always very sweet to see their reactions.
His Gift to Remember
One time I was on a Young Women assignment in Canada, and a leader's husband told me about when his father had met my father in Australia when my father was a new Apostle, over 50 years ago. This man said our fathers were in Perth, Australia, and had a brief conversation while my father was there for a meeting. He said 25 years went by and my father and his father were in Alberta, Canada. He said, “President Monson saw my father out of the corner of his eye and said, ‘Isn't that Graham Enos from Perth, Australia?’” He said that it was. And then the son went on to tell me, “Here it was a couple of decades later, on a different continent. At the time when my father met your father the first time, he had a full beard. And now he was clean‑shaven." Yet, he remembered him.
After the experience, I shared it with my father and laughed about it. I said, "You could've had a career in the Secret Service."
And he said, "Sometimes you just get lucky."
But all joking aside, when someone has that experience of being remembered, being known, it makes them feel as though they're valued, remembered, and not just by President Monson or Elder Monson, but by the Lord Himself. You really can sense that. It's kind of a humbling thing to witness. Everyone wants to feel loved and remembered.
Legacy of Service
My father served God and his fellow man his whole life, but he wouldn’t have been able to be who he was or do what he did without my mother. She was always supportive. In an interview once my mother was asked about his continual service and she said, “That’s just kind of what we grew up with. That’s what we did, and that's what we've always done."
She was just like him, serving her whole life. She was his confidant and would offer suggestions, saying things like, "Well, have you considered this, Tom?"
He would listen to her as she shared her feelings and say, "You know, I hadn't thought of it that way." I watched that interaction and how my mother and our family were blessed through their service in different ways.