We just found out that President Hinckley passed away today. We wanted to post a picture in memory of him. President Hinckley is “my prophet” in a way. He is the first one I have significant memories of. He called Tom on his mission. His optimism and spunk was contagious and his dedication and endurance was inspiring. We will always remember him and his powerful influence on the church as a whole and our lives individually.
Several months ago our Institute teacher, Sister Stay, mentioned that she had started to count all of the things that President Hinckley had developed or started in the church, the list was endless. I have always felt close to President Hinckley, always wished I would have a chance to meet him so I could at least attempt to express my admiration and gratitude. That was not to be, but it doesn’t matter. Somehow I know my prayers have reached him. I guess I feel a desire to express a knowledge that he is a divine man. A man called of God. A man who communes with God. A man who is God’s mouthpiece. There are prophets today who lead and guide, and they are there for everyone. President Hinckley has helped guide me in countless decisions in my life. His teachings that women should get the best and most education they can helped me decide to go to Oberlin. His message to accept responsibility and rejoice in family and marriage, helped me decide to marry Tom when I did. His encouragement that we accept all and love all, has helped me see in my peers at Oberlin, brothers and sisters that are more similar to me that is immediately noticeable. His love of literature and continual quotations from books has spurred my recent desire to read more. His practice of sitting alone in a dark room and listening to classical music for an hour, has given me a reverence for music. His loving, smiling, witty relationship with his wife will always stand forth in my mind as an example of marriage as it should be. His zeal and optimism and of course his endurance are admirable to say the least. I will never forget the talk when he said that he felt he should tell a little about his health, because he belonged to the people of the world. It reminded me of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon, a Prophet/King who worked along side his people. He was at the service of kingdom, just as President Hinckley was to us. I love him. I will always remember him and cherish that memory.