While I have seen him in person on various occasions (a couple of times he wasn’t more than a few yards away), I never shook his hand. And yet I feel like he’s given me a hug countless times as I’ve listened to him speak!
When I heard the news of President Hinckley’s death, a memory surfaced from my mission. It was several months after General Conference. In my area in Honduras we had no way of watching it, and we had not yet received the Liahona containing the texts of the talks.
One tiring day on a bus ride back to our area, I was opening my mail and found a clipping from the Church News’ conference highlights. It was only a paragraph long, summarizing President Hinckley’s concluding remarks. He apparently got a little choked up, and then he went on to say how much he loved us, his fellow companions in this great work.
Tears filled my eyes. I felt a warm embrace wrap around me that was bigger and stronger than human arms could offer. President Hinckley loved me, and he considered me a fellow companion in this work! One simple line in a newspaper article, written months before and mailed thousands of miles across the globe, reached out and touched the heart of an insignificant, struggling missionary in a way she never forgot.
As we all know, that’s the kind of man President Hinckley was. He spent his life traveling the world and blessing the lives of countless people in very individual and meaningful ways. Certainly we are happy for his life well-lived and for the heavenly reunions he’s experiencing. But oh, how we will miss our dear and beloved prophet and president, our friend and “senior associate” in this work!]]>
The fact that sometimes prophets and inspired leaders see us in a greater light than we see ourselves, and call us to act in accordance with that light?]]>
The fact that sometimes we are called to do more than we think we can by prophets and inspired leaders who sometimes see us in a greater light than we see ourselves.]]>
The personal friendship and understanding between the two of them?]]>
President Hinckley was a great man, and arguably the most influential modern-day prophet. NPR ran a very nice story about him this morning, remarking that he brought Mormons into the mainstream. God bless him and his family.]]>