27 January 2008

Farewell President Hinckley

In yet another example of new technology trumping traditional media, we were just made aware via text message of the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He died of causes incident to age, no surprise at his 97 years. He served as Church president for almost 13 years, but it felt like longer, considering his many years of service as a counselor to earlier Church presidents. We who belong to the Church have been richly blessed by his service and example. I'm sure that others not of our faith will also mourn his passing.

I have asked myself about his legacy for me. He was a prophet and a man of God. A good man. I would like to be like him in the way I conduct my life and lead my family. I believe that he was called of God, and that he carried God's word. He served far longer than many people expect to live, and did so with vitality and enthusiasm.

I have no doubt that our next prophet will continue to build on the legacy of President Hinckley and those that came before. It is God's will. President Hinckley knew it. He gave his life to it. I will always be grateful.


Maret said...

It's a sad day for us, but happy for him. What better life could he have led? And now he's with his wife.

Lillie said...

What a great post Joe. It just really puts things into perspective when you're forced to think about something so big, so sad, but so happy.