Monday, January 28, 2008
President Gordon Bitner Hinckley June 23, 1910-January 27, 2008
I just spent nearly two hours trying to find this photo online. It is my absolute favorite picture of President Hinckley ever and I knew it was the one I wanted to post on my blog. In my breaks from looking I have also read many of your blogs (sorry for the non commenting) detailing your feelings on his passing, and cried as I mourn his loss.
He is the prophet of my adult life. He became prophet in 1995, about a year before I left on my mission. I love him so much, and will miss him terribly. I, like many of you, can only imagine the wonderful reunion that must be taking place today between him and his dear wife, Marjorie, whom he missed so much.
Joel and I were invited to a backstage reception at the Utah Symphony once. President Hinckley and his wife attended the concert that night (we sat directly across from them) and also came to the reception. I remember how when he entered the room, a sort of reverent hush fell upon us and he told us all not to stop talking just for him. He came through and each of us got to shake his hand and say hello. It was amazing to be in his presence.
While he has left us physically, his counsel will be with us forever. There are so many things he has said and taught that have literally changed my way of thinking and living. I especially loved the way he focused so much on our divine roles as parents and spouses. In December, his message in the Ensign (our church's magazine) was not about Christmas, but about how we should treat our children. It was a beautiful article and touched me so much.
Finally, here are some of the words he spoke to us in last April's General Conference:
May there be peace and harmony in your homes. Husbands, love and treasure your wives. They are your most precious possessions. Wives, encourage and pray for your husbands. They need all the help they can get. Parents, treat your children with great kindness. They are the coming generation who will bring honor to your name.
Now, as we separate for a season, God bless you, my beloved associates. I so pray, as I say good-bye, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen