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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Passing of a Prophet...

In the middle of a dinner party we were hosting tonight I got a call from my dear mother in law, who was crying - the Prophet had passed away at age 97. Shock and tears...

I am so saddened by his passing. He was the first Prophet I connected with, the leader of my adulthood and motherhood. He was a trusted voice that I always made time to listen to. He was funny and wise and tender; each time I heard him speak I would think how much I would like to meet this wonderful man.

Although I am sad (as so many are right now) I am heartened that he has been reunited with his sweet wife whom he missed so very much. The church goes on, the gospel is true, there is a Plan of Salvation.

I am so grateful for this remarkable man who made such an impression not only on church members but on world leaders as well. He will be missed...

12 Comments:

  • Very well said! I've been trying to figure out a way to put my feelings into words... you captured it perfectly!
    posted by Blogger Claire at 1/28/2008 12:04:00 AM  



  • I think we all expected him to live forever. He was 97 after all. Still shocking though. Found out last night by email at about 10:30 PM. He will be missed. I grew up with him being the man.
    posted by Blogger Kage at 1/28/2008 04:13:00 AM  



  • I too found his passing bittersweet. I will miss this dear man and prophet but am comforted knowing he is finally with his sweetheart. Praise to the man!
    posted by Anonymous Emily at 1/28/2008 08:18:00 AM  



  • Amen.
    posted by Blogger JessK at 1/28/2008 09:12:00 AM  



  • When I heard last night I was sad but composed (we were also having dinner with friends). This morning I have been letting my mind wander to all my favorite things about the man who was the Prophet and President of the church for so long and I have been having a much harder time quelling the tears.

    My favorite memory is being able to watch him as he watched the youth of NYC put on the "Jubilee" in Radio City Music Hall before the dedication of the temple. For so many of the inner city kids that I was able to work with from Manhattan, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be so close to a living prophet -- and they knew it.

    I loved watching him wait patiently with a little smile behind his eyes as the kids stood and whooped and hollered and whistled and all together carried on for many minutes when they introduced him as a member of the audience.

    I'll miss him for sure.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 1/28/2008 10:22:00 AM  



  • I was lucky enough to have had a personal encounter with him as well as serve with his grandson on my mission. I have some experiences on my website:

    www.graceforgrace.com
    posted by Anonymous aaron at 1/28/2008 12:56:00 PM  



  • I too was surprised and saddened at the passing of such a wonderful prophet of ours. He was such an amazing, influential, and inspiring man and leader. I will never forget the six B's that he taught us and hope that I can try to live by them.

    Be grateful.
    Be smart.
    Be clean.
    Be true.
    Be humble.
    Be prayerful.

    It is comforting to know that he must be SO happy now in the arms of his wife and his Heavenly Father.

    Thanks for posting this- it really is a big change for us all.
    posted by Blogger LJ at 1/28/2008 01:56:00 PM  



  • This morning I was reading a Deseret News article about President Hinkley, which quoted his first conference talk as president of the church:

    "The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds . . ."

    I heard his voice crack as I read those words, and the tears came to my eyes. I'm 33 years old, yet this is really the only prophet I have heard speak. That voice has been a comfort to the saints for a long time - it perfectly conveyed his wit, optimism, and kindness. I hope never to forget his voice or the message it carried.
    posted by Blogger Todd at 1/28/2008 05:58:00 PM  



  • Really well said, Todd. I feel the same way - I hope I never forget his voice in my head...
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 1/28/2008 08:37:00 PM  



  • I have mixed feelings as well. He was supposed to dedicate the Rexburg Temple this coming Sunday. Now they've pushed back the dedication another week. I know he'll be there in spirit. He'll always be known as the "temple prophet". It will be interesting to see what President Monson brings to the church.
    posted by Anonymous Mia at 1/28/2008 10:29:00 PM  



  • I have mixed feelings as well. He was supposed to dedicate the Rexburg Temple this coming Sunday. Now they've pushed back the dedication another week. I know he'll be there in spirit. He'll always be known as the "temple prophet". It will be interesting to see what President Monson brings to the church.
    posted by Anonymous Mia at 1/28/2008 10:30:00 PM  



  • I agree with Kage, I think a part of me thought he would live forever. He has brought me so much comfort since I joined the church. There have been times when I have struggled with something personally and just imagined that I could sit down and tell him how I felt. What advice would he have given me? Imagining this has always helped me resolve my feelings, especially when feeling bogged down by motherhood vs. the world. He was the best!
    posted by Blogger Beth at 1/29/2008 02:34:00 PM  



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