Gordon B. Hinckley
June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008
We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
–Hymn #19, LDS Hymnbook
Text: William Fowler, 1830–1865
Music: Caroline Sheridan Norton, 1808–ca. 1877
Gordon B. Hinckley has been my favorite prophet so far. He was always so lively, so vivacious. He had a calm, friendly demeanor and seemed to love a good laugh. He was not afraid of what others may think, and so he took risks. He knew it was a risk to do the 60 Minutes interview, but he did it anyway. In the 13 years he was president of our church, the number of Temples in the world grew from 49 to over 120. Church membership grew from 9 million to 12 million.
I personally have sat in meetings where President Hinckley spoke. I could feel his love for us, the audience. I could feel the power and the spirit of God in him. My favorite quote he gave while in a conference at Ricks College when I was a freshman is “Ricks College is what BYU once was, and now strives to be.” He loved education and the perpetual education fund was adopted under President Hinckley’s leadership, making it possible for young men and women from all over the world to get a formal, secondary education when it would not have been possible otherwise.
I will miss his kind voice and straightforward talk. I will miss his jokes and his laugh. I will miss President Hinckley.