|Neil Armstrong, 1969|
That day, I was conducting my usual tour on Temple Square, Utah's number one tourist attraction. In more recent years the Church migrated to using foreign sister missionaries from all over the world instead of returned missionaries like me. Smart move.
On that afternoon, about 100 people were following my lead around the Square. We entered the North Visitors Center, and we stopped at each painting representing scenes from the lives of the ancient Old Testament prophets. We wound our way up the circular ramp to the second floor. The rotunda is dominated by a replica of the famous Bertel Thorvaldsen statue of the Christus.
As he exited the lunar module, his words were forever captured in his first statement, "That's one step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
I was overcome with emotion as I thought about what had just happened. Neil Armstrong was an immediate American hero, but forever afterward until his death this weekend at age 82, he shunned the limelight of his celebrity.
As great as that achievement by man represents our determination, our will and our ingenuity, however, think how it shrinks compared to the Creator who put all the stars and planets and moons in the night sky. . .
THAT was some achievement.