Monday, January 28, 2008
I just found out that President Hinckley, President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints passed away around 7pm tonight (January 27, 2008). Pres. Hinckley was a great man. He is the prophet that I have known best growing up and I have learned so much from him. His bright countenance was such an inspiration to me. I loved hearing him speak in General Conference. As he spoke I knew he loved us all, as a Church, as a people. But somehow, when I heard him speak, I also knew that he loved me, as me. It was as if the Lord told him about me, my struggles, my faith. . . .
I am of course sad that he has passed, but I am also very glad for him. He is with his wonderful wife now and I know that he has missed her terribly since her passing four years ago this April and he's had quite a few health problems in the last few years.
I am grateful to know that the Church won't be lost. As a Church, as a people, we won't be confused. We have Christ leading us and he will appoint a new president, leading the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to his choice. After the funeral the Quorum will meet, pray, and fast until they are able to come to a unanimous decision. More than likely it will be Thomas S. Monson, Pres. Hinckley's first councilor.
I am grateful for Pres. Hinckley's life, example, and faith. I pray that his family will feel comfort as they grieve his passing.