Monday, January 28, 2008

Farewell


Last night, at seven o'clock, President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away. This sweet man, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a prophet of God who loved the Savior, will be greatly missed.
Finding the words that would adequately describe this gentle soul is easy. Sweet, warm, humorous, faithful, focused, beloved, humble, loving, compassionate, friendly, spiritual, witty, profound. The list goes on.
The one undeniable fact about him is that he knew his Heavenly Father and the Savior on a deep, personal level. Not knew of them, but knew them. Daily communications in deep, personal prayer gave him the opportunity to receive counsel from them for himself and for the world.
He was a friend to everyone he met. He loved people, all people. His example is one to be followed by each of us, because he followed the greatest example, Jesus Christ- never judge, extend a hand of friendship, embrace the needy, teach. And he did it with a grateful heart and a smile on his face. Always.
How I loved this man and things that I learned from him. I am so grateful to have been taught by him with the strength and power that comes from the Spirit, that touched my heart with a chord of familiarity, testifying of the truth he spoke.
While he will be missed by his family and us here, I am certain that there is great rejoicing in Heaven as he reunites with his family there, especially his wife. And I know that he was welcomed into the arms of Heavenly Father and the Savior with an embrace that cannot be imagined.
This lovely man, a friend to all he met, now knows and can feel the true depth of love that they have for him, the gratitude for his leading with humility and honor and the wash of joy at his return.
Beloved Prophet, friend of the world, farewell.