A Prophet of God Inspires Me
President Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Sunday evening in Salt Lake City, UT at age 97. Many members of our church feel a great sadness at his passing but also a deep sense of gratitude for his testimony, words of direction and example of good living that he gave throughout his 12 years of leadership. For the complete story see this site.
To us, he was more than just the leader of our church; he was prophet of God. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a church leader who worked with President Hinckley, explained that important role in 2006:
There is again a living prophet on the earth speaking in the name of the Lord. And how we need such guidance! Our times are turbulent and difficult. We see wars internationally and distress domestically. Neighbors all around us face personal heartaches and family sorrows. Legions know fear and troubles of a hundred kinds. . . It is no trivial matter for this Church to declare to the world prophecy, seership, and revelation, but we do declare it. It is true light shining in a dark world, and it shines from these proceedings . . . I testify of this reaching, rescuing, merciful Jesus, that this is His redeeming Church based on His redeeming love, and that, as those in the Book of Mormon declared, ‘there came prophets among the people, who were sent from the Lord [to speak it]. . . . [Yea] there came prophets in the land again.’ I testify that President Gordon B. Hinckley is in every way, from head to toe, such a prophet, one whose life and voice we cherish and for whom we have prayed so much.
Prophets in the Land Again,
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
In the past twelve years of my life, I have dealt with the realities of being a woman, wife and a mother in a difficult time of history. I have needed more than anything to know that God lives and that he cares about me and the decisions I make. I have prayed for answers to my questions and challenges. Many of those answers came as I have listened to President Hinckley and then acted in faith upon his counsel. I know that God, our Eternal Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ, do live. I also know they love each one of us, are aware of us and have provided a church with true doctrine and ordinances so that we might know them. This is my faith that inspires me daily.