The life and teachings of Grace Caldwell, the first woman ordained to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are a “blessing from God,” according to the Church’s most senior member of its governing body.
“The life and teaching of Grace was one that I could relate to, and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to learn from her,” Church President Thomas S. Monson said Wednesday during a session of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the church’s Salt Lake City headquarters.
“I have learned so much from her.
She was so compassionate, and she was so strong.
I loved her.””
Grace was the most beautiful woman I have ever met.
I loved her.”
Monson, speaking to about 300 members of the First Presidency and Quorum members at the LDS Church headquarters in Salt Lake, described Caldwell as “a woman of the greatest goodness, compassion, strength, and strength of heart” and “the embodiment of the highest ideals.”
She “was a person of great integrity,” said Monson.
“She was also a person who had a wonderful life and she lived a beautiful and wonderful life.”
Grace Caldwell, first woman to be ordained to a priesthood in LDS Church, dies at age 92Monson said Caldwell was a woman of great compassion and a person with “great wisdom and great wisdom in her own life.”
“I can say that Grace was very well known in the world for her love of the gospel,” said the 79-year-old Monson, who is married to his wife, Teresa, and has seven children.
“I have known Grace for many years, and when she was a young woman, I had a chance to see her and to hear her talk about what the gospel was, and how it was meant to be done,” said Church President Monson at the session, held on the church capital.
“When I saw Grace on television and read her talk, I knew that this was a wonderful woman.
And I can say with great confidence that this is a blessing from her God.”
Monson said the Church was “grateful to her” for teaching the gospel, which is “the greatest thing you can do for a man or woman, and for a child or a person.”
“We pray that we may do everything we can to help you in your time of need,” said Elder Dallin H. Oaks, president of the LDS church.
“God bless you and thank you for what you have done for the Church and the gospel.”
Mormons consider the Church to be one of the most holy of religions and hold its founder Joseph Smith to be the prophet of the Restoration, or the Savior of the world.
Monson praised Caldwell’s love of life and the “great spirit of her calling” and said she was “a person of extraordinary integrity.”
“She was a beautiful woman who was deeply concerned with people, and that was a tremendous gift that she shared with others,” said President Monsonson.
“She never failed to take the time to look after those around her, to take care of the family and to be very, very compassionate,” said Oaks.
The church has been grappling with a series of suicides in recent years, as the church has lost nearly 600 members in a rash of church suicides and sexual assaults.
“Our hearts go out to all of our members,” said LDS Church General Authority Russell M. Nelson, who spoke at the meeting.
“We cannot fully appreciate all of the love and generosity of our Heavenly Father, but we cannot do it without loving others and doing our best to serve.”