04 February 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley

When I heard about President Hinckley's passing, I wasn't terribly surprised or upset. He was 97 years old, and we all knew there would come a day when he wouldn't be here. But after his funeral, and thinking about his life over the last few days, I've realized how much I'm going to miss him. I have so many reasons for loving this man, for trying to emulate the kind of life he lead, and for incorporating his advice and council into my daily life. But what I loved most was his quiet optimism and enthusiasm for individual members and the church as a whole. I was lucky enough to hear him speak on several occasions, and he was always inspiring and encouraging us to do a little bit better. I definitely feel I have taken him for granted and have a new resolve to implement the lessons he taught.

At this tender time, I wish to share with anyone reading my testimony. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and is concerned with my day-to-day life and activities. I know He sent His Son to teach us and to die for us that we may return to live with them again. I know that He talks to us today, both individually through the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and through His chosen leaders who lead and guide us. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and know that my life is much more meaningful and happy because I have these basic truths to rely on. Everyday I wish to become a better person, and President Hinckley has taught me much about how to achieve this goal. I will miss him, but look forward to the new leaders who will follow in his place.
Salt Lake Temple
Flag at half-staff to mourn President Hinckley's passing

2 comments:

Ortega said...

Thank you for your testimony I needed to hear that today!

Jocelyn & Todd said...

I'm like you Steph. I wasn't horribly sad that President Hinckley had passed away. I think I was more happy for him. It wasn't any secret that he missed his wife... a lot! He was a wonderful man and he did a lot to help the Church to be known throughout the world. How lucky are we to have leaders like him!