Last night marked the end of an era, very similar to the passing of Pope John Paul a few years ago. Gordon B. Hinckley, president and prophet of the
For those who might be unfamiliar with this life of this man, I suggest you take a few moments, and check out the Salt Lake City Tribune, which is running a series of great columns on the event. I’ll try not to waste much digital ink on being overly redundant.
President Hinckley was a truly unique individual, even amongst high level church leaders. People from all communities, LDS and otherwise, were drawn to his wit, his energy, and his selfless dedication to service.
What is the
The other lasting legacy is that of service. During this time, the church started a wildly successful program called the Perpetual Education Fund, which allows returned missionaries in developing countries to attend university. Here’s hoping that perhaps the program is extended some day to folks in
I loved listening to President Hinckley talk…wait, scratch that, I loved President Hinckley, and I don’t say that about every church leader. While I believe in their authority, some leaders, like say, President Kimball, or Bruce R. McConkie, have a somewhat hardline, or prickly public persona.
There were no tears last night. The man lived to be 97 years old, and was still working like a dog, and to be honest, the poor guy deserves his rest. The world is certainly poorer today for having lost him, but the hereafter must be overjoyed. Maybe my old man found him.
Rest in Peace, and thanks for everything.