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Monday, January 28, 2008

We Thank Thee, O God, For a Prophet

President Gordon B. Hinckley, head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, modern-day prophet, died Sunday, January 27 in his apartment in Salt Lake City.

I heard the news as I was walking down the stairs in my house. Desperately, I wanted to cry. I wanted to shed tears over a man who has meant so much in my life. I wanted to mourn the loss. But I couldn't. All I could think was "He's with his wife, now. He and Marjorie are together again." And really? That made me smile.

Quotes from a Prophet:

"Every man who truly loves a woman and every woman who truly loves a man hopes and dreams that their companionship will last forever. But marriage is a covenant sealed by authority. If that authority is of the state alone, it will endure only while the state has jurisdiction, and that jurisdiction ends with death. But add to the authority of the state the power of the endowment given by Him who overcame death, and that companionship will endure beyond life if the parties to the marriage live worthy of the promise." (First Presidency Message, Liahona Magazine, July 2003).

“People are not without hope. Everybody ought to recognize that in the most dire circumstances there is an element of hope, that people can recover from what they have done, that they can do better, that they can turn around, that they can improve and increase their happiness by so doing” (press interview regarding Standing for Something, 11 Feb. 2000).

“I have been interviewed by various reporters. The one thing they say is, ‘Now what is going to be your theme during your presidency?’ I simply say, ‘The same theme which I have heard repeated in this Church by the Presidents of the Church and the Apostles for as far back as I can remember: Live the gospel, and everyone who does so will receive in his heart a conviction of the truth of that which he lives’ ” (Tacoma, Washington, regional conference, 20 Aug. 1995).


Amanda said...

We think too much alike--If you see my blog post I had the EXACT some title and I thought the exact same thing:)

Jessica G. said...

...and I just left almost that exact comment on *your* blog. This is getting eerie...

Lindsay said...

I felt the same way, too. I already miss him tremendously, but I'm so excited and happy for him. What a glorious reunion that must have been!

Jessica G. said...

And if you can, watch Glenn Beck's tribute to President Hinckley.

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