Tuesday, March 18, 2008

President Hinckley's Passing

I found out that President Hinckley died while I was at a gathering Sunday night with some people who are in my BYU ward. Everyone started getting text messages and phone calls within a few minutes from family and friends telling us that our Prophet had died.

The following Friday, I was able to go to his viewing. I was on my way to Brigham City for the weekend and decided to drive by Downtown Salt Lake. I then proceeded to get out of my car...and even get in line. I waited in 16 degree weather for two hours and another 2 hours inside the conference center. It was such a cold, yet special experience. The feeling I felt as I walked through the room to view his body was so unique. I know that he was called of God. I know it. It was a sad, yet sweet experience. I am glad I had the opportunity to go--freezing weather and all.

President Hinckley is the only leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I can remember. He was always so encouraging and so loving, especially to the youth of the Church. From his teachings, I have learned to treat others more kindly, be optimistic, show love more often, appreciate more, and criticize less. I love my Savior. I am grateful for his sacrifice so that we can all return to live with him again. I am excited for President Hinckley and know that he is now reunited with his sweetheart. How great our Heavenly Father's plan is that we can return to live with Him again!

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