Last night, the beloved Prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints died at the age of 97. He will be remembered as one of the most loved of the 15 Prophets of the Church. His compassion, wit, wisdom and humor were known by all members of the Church and people worldwide. He was a humanitarian, a communicator, a Temple builder. He served the Church with total dedication and humility. He served for over 12 years, and for some, he was the only living Prophet they had ever known. (myself, included) I remember him as being totally joyful and fun-loving.
On the news last night, here in Salt Lake City, they interviewed several people at Temple Square about their memories of President Gordon B. Hinckley. One really stood out for me...."What a wonderful life. What a wonderful man. His message....'forgive yourself and get to work!'"
One of his most cherished talks is one he gave to the young people of the Church. In November of 2000, President Hinckley challenged them to set goals for themselves to be grateful, be smart, be clean, be true, be humble, and be prayerful. The six “Bs,” as President Hinckley called them, are a marvelous standard for all Latter-day Saints.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued this press release today:
Today, Governor Mitt Romney released the following statement regarding the passing of Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: "I was saddened to learn of the death of Gordon B. Hinckley. Ann and I respect him as a man of great faith and character. Like all people who knew him, we were deeply touched by his humility, his sense of humor and by the way he inspired so many people around the world. We will miss his leadership."
Gov. Romney will be taking a break from campaigning to attend President Hinckley's funeral in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Prophet of the Lord, Gordon B. Hinckley
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Monday, January 28, 2008
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