My “Monson List”
Allow me to explain. Some years ago, in an attempt to be a better speaker, I decided to emulate President Monson’s (then Member of the 12) style and use more stories. My memory is not that great, and I often found myself remembering stories that would have been great for a particular topic AFTER I gave the talk on it, so I actually started keeping a list of stories. Anything I came across that could be useful in future talks or lessons are noted. I had to name the computer file something, so I called it my “Monson List”. When I am assigned a topic, I browse the list and see if any are relevant stories or ideas.
Sometimes personal experiences will come to mind along with some correlation to a Gospel principle, so I will write it down. I also keep news items that can be of use in lessons, those I usually see online, and I have a bookmark file called “monson list”. I won’t lie to you, fresh stories beat repeating the ones out of the lesson manuals that the boys have already heard many times.
I recently did a fireside on choices having consequences, and it was pretty much a collection of stories. It seemed to go well.
By the way, I don’t really have a “bucket list” but off the top of my head — I want to get my kids through college, mission, and married. After that, forget about skydiving, I look forward to getting the basement clean before I die.