Monday, January 28, 2008

I will miss President Gordon B. Hinckley.


Last night I heard the news that the man whom I revere as a Prophet of God died at age 97. President Gordon B. Hinckley has been the President of my Church for the past 13 years and prior to that served for 14 years in the First Presidency. My church is a non-paid ministry... no person, male or female is paid any money for their church services and callings. President Hinckley served for more than 77 years in this church and did not receive one penny for it. I just think that is so cool... it inspires me. Of course, this is just one example of the many things that inspires me about him. Oh, how I will miss him. Words cannot express the love, respect and admiration I have for that man. He has made such a positive and profound impact on my life.

I am so thankful for his leadership, his words of wisdom, his humor, his optimism, his guidance and counsel.... most especially, I am thankful for President Hinckley's, humility, his deep love and devotion to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and for his powerful and constant witness of the Savior's life, sacrifice, teachings and ministry right up until the very end. Here is a link for more information about his life and ministry as a special witness of Jesus Christ: http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/beloved-church-president-gordon-b-hinckley-dies-at-97

In memory of this man who I love so dear, I leave with you a few of his own words:

The Healing Power of Jesus
"Jesus of Nazareth healed the sick among whom He moved. His regenerating power is with us today to be invoked through His holy priesthood. His divine teachings, His incomparable example, His matchless life, His all- encompassing sacrifice will bring healing to broken hearts, reconciliation to those who argue and shout, even peace to warring nations if sought with humility and forgiveness and love." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, November 1988)

Marriage
"True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one's companion." - Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 1971)

Mercy
"How godlike a quality is mercy. It cannot be legislated. It must come from the heart. It must be stirred up from within. It is part of the endowment each of us receives as a son or daughter of God and partaker of a divine birthright. I plead for an effort among all of us to give greater expression and wider latitude to this instinct which lies within us.... Mercy is of the very essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The degree to which each of us is able to extend it becomes an expression of the reality of our discipleship under Him who is our Lord and Master." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 1990)

Home
"I speak to fathers and mothers everywhere with a plea to put harshness behind us, to bridle our anger, to lower our voices, and to deal with mercy and love and respect one toward another in our homes." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 1990)

Truth
"As a Church, we encourage gospel scholarship and the search to understand all truth. Fundamental to our theology is belief in individual freedom of inquiry, thought, and expression. Constructive discussion is a privilege of every Latter-day Saint." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, September 1985)

Valiance
"God is weaving His tapestry according to his own grand design. All flesh is in His hands... We have no need to fear. We have no need to worry... Our imperative need is to be found doing our duty..." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, May 1983)

Optimism
"Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine." - President Gordon B. Nickle (Ensign, November 1984)

Jesus Christ
"None so great has ever walked the earth. None other has made a comparable sacrifice or granted a comparable blessing. He is the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. I believe in Him. I declare His divinity without equivocation or compromise. I love Him. I speak His name in reverence and wonder. I worship Him as I worship His Father, in spirit and in truth. I thank Him and kneel before His wounded feet and hands and side, amazed at the love He offers me." - President Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, November 1986)

I, like millions of others, will miss President Hinckley. I can honestly say, with all my heart and soul, through prayer and through the whisperings of the Holy Spirit, that President Hinckley was called of God that he was truly a great Prophet, Seer and Revelator. I feel honored and privileged to have lived during his ministry.

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