Monday, January 28, 2008

Our Dear Prophet


Our beloved Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, passed away last night in his home. He was 97 years old and his wife had already past, so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise or tragedy. But having served as the President of the church for 13 years, and having been the voice of earlier prophets not well enough to speak, he has been SUCH an influence to so many for what feels like my whole lifetime. I feel like he's my prophet. As my sister, Lacy said, he's the first prophet we really listened to. The one that we really gained our testimony of the gospel through. Not to mention he is the sweetest, most endearing man I've "known". He will be so missed.

My sister also said she recalled President Hinckley saying in an interview once, when asked what he thought he'd be remembered for when he died, that he would be the prophet that "nobody listened to." It makes me want to go back and read every word he ever said.

7 comments:

Lauren said...

I think everyone is on the same wave length today. I posted about this dear man, too. He is my distant relative (like 3rd cousin), too. I totally agree with you on wanting to go back and read everything that he taught us. He was MY prophet, too. What a wonderful example of a person!

Lindsay & Weston said...

You said exactly what I wanted to say on my blog. I feel like he's "my" prophet, too. He is the one that "got me through" the teenage years & through college. His guidance was amazing and will really be missed. I know all prophet's are amazing and special in their own way, but there will never be another one like him with his sense of humor and charisma.

S.A.S. said...

Agreed on all counts. I just thought of the sweet reunion he and his wife must have had after lives so wonderfully lived. Thanks for the post, Lil.

Kimberly said...

I was sad to hear the news, but I was so excited for him to be "home". He always talked of how he missed his sweet wife. He will be greatly missed by everyone I am sure. He always seemed to make everybody smile :)

Kym said...

Liliie, if you haven't, you should read his biography. It is long, but SO great!! I have so much marked in it & so many pages tagged. I look to it all the time for quotes and info. You would love it.

Chad said...

Amen. He called me and Ross on our missions, which means a lot. What's crazy is that my wife Amber and I were on a ski trip to Park City and happened to be taking a tour of Temple Square - about 1 minute away from his apartment - when he passed away. What an incredible man: just a reminder to us to listen to the prophets' words while they are here with us!

Katie said...

We were sad too, here at our house when we heard, but joyous to know he is with his sweetheart that he missed so dearly. I know there are so many people on the other side that are embracing him now and thanking him for dedicating and building so many temples so their work could be done.
thank you Lillie for your sweet posting.