President Monson Reflects on Nation’s Spirituality
- President Monson’s reflections about September 11, 2001, appear in this week’s Washington Post “On Faith” forum.
- Read President Monson’s essay, “9/11 destruction allowed us to spiritually rebuild.”
- Read Newsroom’s report.
- Learn about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s special Music and the Spoken Word broadcast that will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2011.
- View a special video interview with members who were affected by 9/11 at news.lds.org.
- Listen to a Mormon Channel interview with the parents of Brady Howell, who died in the Pentagon on 9/11.
President Thomas S. Monson is among 11 “influential religious leaders” the Washington Post cited in an “On Faith” article reflecting on the role of spirituality in a post-9/11 world.
The article, which was published days before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, includes essays from 10 other religious leaders and thinkers, including Karen Armstrong, Deepak Chopra, Mark Driscoll, T.D. Jakes, Feisal Yasir Qadhi, Abdul Rauf, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Desmond Tutu, David Wolpe, and Donald Wueri.
In his essay, President Monson recalled the “remarkable surge of faith following the tragedy” but then noted that “much of that renewal of faith has waned in the years that have followed.”
“Healing has come with time, but so has indifference,” President Monson wrote. “… When the depth of grief has passed, its lessons often pass from our minds and hearts as well.
Heavenly Father, however, does not forget His children even though they might forget Him, President Monson said.
“Our Father’s commitment to us, His children, is unwavering,” he said. “Indeed He softens the winters of our lives, but He also brightens our summers. Whether it is the best of times or the worst, He is with us.”
President Monson went on to suggest: “If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us.
“We should strive for steadiness, and for a commitment to God that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. It should not require tragedy for us to remember Him, and we should not be compelled to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. We too should be with Him in every season.“