Saturday, February 2, 2008

Funeral of President Hinckley

I had the privilage of attending President Hinckley's funeral today. Words cannot adaquately express how I have been uplifted, inspired and encouraged to stand a little give my heart more completely to the Lord by watching the example of Gordon B. Hinckley. On the back of the funeral program was printed three quotes by this inspired man: these are beautiful words, filled with wisdom, peace and hope. I would like to share them with you:

"We must never adopt a holier-than-thou attitude. We must not be self-righteous. We must be magnanimous and open and friendly. We can keep our faith. We can practice our religion. We can cherish our method of worship without being offensive to others. I take this occasion to plead for a spirit of tolerance and neighborliness, of friendship and love toward those of other faiths." - Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 2002

"May the Spirit of our Lord accompany us and remain with us. We know not what lies ahead of us. We know not what the coming days will bring. We live in a world of uncertainty. For some, there will be great accomplishment. For others, disappointment. For some, much of rejoicing and gladness, good health, and gracious living. For others, perhaps sickness and a measure of sorrow. We do not know. But one thing we do know. Like the polar star in the heavens, regardless of what the future holds, there stands the Redeemer of the world, the Son of God, certain and sure as the anchor of our immortal lives. He is the rock of our salvation, our strength, our comfort, the very focus of our faith."- Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 2002

"May there be peace and harmony in your homes. Husbands, love and treasure your wives.... Wives, encourage and pray for your husbands.... Parents, treat your children with great kindness.... 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." - Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 2007

And then this scripture spoken by our Savior, Jesus Christ:
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25).

Now these other quotes were not on the back of the funeral program but were referenced in the services. They are beautiful and inspire me to be a little kinder, to be a little better - the essence of President Hinckley's prayer for us all.

The Six Be's
"Be grateful. Let a spirit of thanksgiving guide and bless your days and nights. Work at it.
Be smart. You need all the education you can get.
Be clean. Avoid evil talk. … Choose your friends carefully. … Don’t waste your time in destructive entertainment. … [Respect] the body which the Lord has given you. Stay away from [pornography] … and … from illicit drugs. … They will destroy you.
Be true. Be loyal to the Church. … Be true to your own convictions. You know what is right, and you know what is wrong.
Be humble. [Be] willing to listen to the whisperings of the still, small voice.
Be prayerful. You need [the Lord’s] help, and you know that you need His help. You cannot do it alone."
(Gordon B. Hinckley, New Era, January 2001)

No Basis for Racial Hatred
"I have wondered why there is so much hatred in the world. We are involved in terrible wars with lives lost and many crippling wounds. Coming closer to home, there is so much of jealousy, pride, arrogance, and carping man [or woman] who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church of Christ....Let us all recognize that each of us is a son or daughter of our Father in Heaven, who loves all of His children....there is no basis for racial hatred...If any within the sound of my voice is inclined to indulge in this, then let him go before the Lord and ask for forgiveness and be no more involved in such."- President Hinckley- Ensign, May 2006

President Hinckley was once asked what his favorite scripture was. He said he had so many it was hard to choose, but if he had to pick one it would be this:
"Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers." (D&C 112:10)

The world would be a better place if we could all follow these basic truths, how thankful I am to have been fed such a feast of wisdom from hearing this mans counsel. I pray for the strength of God to help me live by it every day of my life.

Have a wonderful day, my friends! God bless you!

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