Sunday, January 27, 2008
Gordon B. Hinckley Passes Away
Gordon B. Hinckley, fifteenth prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away tonight. He was surrounded by his family, he was in his apartment, and he slipped away peacefully. What a lovely way to pass to the other side. I'm sure he was joyously met by his sweetheart.
I loved President Hinckley. His wit, his energy, his devotion to the Church and the love he showed to all the members will be missed. I remember how he moved the Church forward by building temples in so many new areas. He helped change the world's perception of Mormons by publicly sharing our beliefs and that we do believe in Christ. He established the Perpetual Education Fund. He traveled all over the world to meet the Saints wherever they might be.
He always seemed like a grandfather to me. He was never pompous or overbearing. He spoke the truth plainly and without apology, but he was never harsh. I remember the first General Conference after he became the prophet. President Monson commented that he and President Faust had each received a pair of roller skates in the mail with the note, "These are so you can keep up with President Hinckley." How true that was.
I will miss President Hinckley. But I know that the Church is still in good hands. We've seen how the organization of the authority of the Church keeps us from being without a prophet--how blessed we are to know that no matter what happens, there is always a masthead. I will love and support our new prophet as well.