Monday, January 28, 2008

Beloved Pres. Hinckley -- We will miss you!

Pres. Hinckley passed away last night. It was sad to me at first, but the more I think about it, the more I realize what a joyful thing it is. In his 97 years on earth he lived so faithfully, enduring so well to the very end, and accomplished so much for the kingdom of God. Can you imagine who is likely in his company now? His beloved wife, his dear friend James E. Faust, past Church leaders and prophets, his mother who died when he was young, perhaps the Lord himself!

I looked in the last Conference report to see what his last full-length talk was about. It was "The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain", a very appropriate topic for one who has led the Church into its now-worldwide visibility. This is from the final paragraph:

"I leave with you my testimony of the truth of these things, and I invoke the blessings of heaven upon you. May the windows of heaven be opened and blessings showered upon you as the Lord has promised. Never forget that this was His promise and that He has the power and the capacity to see that it is fulfilled. I so pray as I leave my blessing and love with you in the sacred name of our Redeemer, even the Lord Jesus Christ, amen."

To read a beautiful tribute to Pres. Hinckley, visit Meridian Magazine here.

I'm leaving for Texas now, to visit Becky, Daniel and Seth, and also my mom, who will be there. Wish me a safe trip! :)


Stephanie Johnson said...[Reply to comment]

I'll miss President Hinckley too!

It looks like I'm pretty close to half way between you and Becky. Sometime we should all meet at my house in Allen for a gathering (or a holiday). It's 300 miles for you and 200 miles for Becky. Pretty cool!

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

I looked to see what your first post was. I still miss Pres. Hinckley but sure love Pres. Monson. It is interesting how the Lord prepares the next one to step right up.