Sunday, January 27, 2008
Gordon Hinckley, the president and prophet of my church, passed away this evening at his home surrounded by family. He was 97.
Hinckley was president/prophet longer than any other person in our church's 170+ year history. I have heard him speak many times, twice in person. He was an incredible man, one I respected immensely. I will miss listening to him speak at our church's semi-annual worldwide conference this spring. I will miss his sense of humor, wisdom, leadership, practicality, optimism, and love.
Hinckley wrote a fantastic book called Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes. These virtues include Love, Honesty, Morality, Civility, Learning, Forgiveness, Thrift and Industry, Gratitude, Optimism, and Faith. A truly inspired work that I recommend to anyone.
President Hinckley was interviewed on Larry King Live at Christmastime in 2004. It is a great interview. You can find it here.
Mike Wallace (of 60 Minutes) said that Gordon B. Hinckley is the, "optimistic leader of the Mormon Church who fully deserves the almost universal admiration that he gets."