Monday, January 28, 2008

In Remembrance

by Rene Allen

Elsewhere, he will be called a leader, the president, possibly even chairman of the board. We called him our prophet. Twice a year, we sustained him. We flocked to see him in person. We loved him. Today we will find ourselves pausing now and then, aware that Gordon B. Hinckley died last night.

I am going to miss his cheerful optimism and humor. I am going to miss his solid, unwavering testimony that we as a church are about the Lord’s work and that great things are in store for us. I will miss the inspiration I felt when I saw him move to the pulpit, open his notebook and conduct sessions of general conference. I will miss him.

I can imagine a reception in heaven, “We’ve been waiting for you, Gordon,” and those who might be there.

Our beloved prophet . . . We thank thee O God for a prophet . . . and for the one who will follow.

3 comments:

  1. I, too, will miss him. I loved his optimism while still acknowledging that yes, life is a challenge. Whenever I heard him speak I always came away with renewed hope and stronger determination. Some people don't understand how you can shed tears for someone you have never met. but we love our prophet and all that he sacrificed to be everything he asked us to be and more.

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  2. We shed many tears and to close our evening last night we sang as a family, "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet." What a wonderful legacy he leaves us.

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  3. My daughter got a text from one of her friends saying that the kids in her seminary class were going to wear their Sunday clothes to school to honor our beloved prophet. When my 13 year old son heard this he wore his white shirt, tie and nice slacks to school. How grateful I am for children with testimonies!

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