Monday, January 28, 2008

"Carry On"

President Gordon B. Hinckley died last night on January 27th, 2008 about 7:00 PM. Bruce and I were at home in the study when Adam called about 8:00 PM to give us the news. In the age of computers, cell phones and text messages, I'm certain that thousands, if not millions, of people received the news in a very short period of time.

In his first news interview as Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, President Hinckley was asked what his focus would be. He answered, "Carry
In his first address in general conference on April 2, 1995, He told the members:

  • It is time to be strong
  • Move forward without hesitation, knowing well the meaning the breadth and the importance of our mission.
  • It is time to do what's right regardless of the consequences that may follow.
  • It is time to be found keeping the commandments.
And I am certain today that he would tell us again to "Carry On". He was a wonderful, sweet, loving, kind and funny man. I will miss him. His death brings to mind the times when I have heard of the death of a prophet, and it always deeply affected me, and I used to think no one could take their place. But they do, and shortly we see how the Lord chooses the very best and well prepared for their calling.

May the Lord bless the Hinckley family, and I smile every time I think of the reunion he had last night with his bride of 67 years, Marjorie Pay. I would love to have been there to witness that. I will miss him so!

May the 12 Apostles also be blessed during this difficult time.

Carry On.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I never remember what the prophets say, mostly it's the feelings I have. Thank you for reminding us.