Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Gordon B. Hinckley

Beloved prophet President Gordon B. Hinckley passed on to the next life on Sunday evening, January 27th, 2008. I met him once, when I was a teenager in England. He shook my hand briefly and smiled. I only remember that I felt power in that handshake.

This is one of my favorite pictures of President Hinckley, taken at BYU at the renaming of the stadium. It seems to me to capture the essence of a great man, but also a simple man. To me, he embodies a well-known phrase from the Book of Mormon, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass." He loved his wife dearly. He raised his children in a humble home, worked hard his whole life, was educated and served faithfully in all capacities. He had a testimony of Jesus Christ the Savior, of Joseph Smith as a prophet of God and of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. He lived the gospel of Christ. He traveled the world, served the Church late into his nineties and moved the work of the Lord forward in an unprecedented manner. All of these small and simple things added up to one great life lived. I am grateful for his example, for his legacy, for his spirit that touched so many, that touched me.
I will miss you, President Hinckley, and hope to be able to shake your hand again one day.


rubberbandgirl said...

Kir, thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. We miss him, too.

Matt said...

Amen sister.

John, Sal, Maddy, and Stockton said...

Kir, I love that picture of him too...it's my favorite. I always felt so close to him...I think because he was there during some of the most critical times in my life. I love and will miss him too.

LAHansen said...

Thanks Kir! Love this post & congrats on the trip to Seattle!