Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008)
We lost a great man last night. And unlike the death I reported on last week, this was not a life cut short. President Hinckley was greatly loved by all of us who shared his faith. I wouldn’t call us his followers, because while he was the leader of the church, he and all of us follow the true leader of our faith, who would be Jesus Christ.
We all knew that the time was drawing near that he would be leaving us. We could see it in his eyes and in his countenance. And while last night was a sad night for all 12 million of us, it was not (as the news folk are fond of saying) tragic. We will continue to move forward, we will endure, the Lord will raise up another president of the church, and he will be just as beloved, and just as much a prophet as President Hinckley was. And so while sad, it was not tragic.
God’s speed Brother Hinckley.