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Monday, January 28, 2008

Sweetness of death

Like many of you, I am reflecting on the marvelous life of our prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley. David called me early this morning to tell me the news of his death and I have to admit I was not sad. I was so happy for President Hinckley. The weight of responsibility he has shouldered through much of his life surpasses comprehension and I am so thankful that burden is now relieved. He epitomizes the charge to "endure to the end." And now that his earthly mission is over I can only imagine the glorious reunion he is now experiencing in the world of spirits. It brings tears to my eyes to think about it. I know his beloved wife was there to greet him, along with his parents and other family members. I am also sure that our Savior welcomed him and pronounced his work "well done." What a poignant and sweet moment that must have been. At times of death the veil feels very thin and the wonderful plan of happiness comes into clarity. How blessed we are to have known President Hinckley during his mortal ministry and to have learned at his feet. He truly is a spiritual giant whose legacy of faith and testimony will also "endure to the end." We love you, President Hinckley.

8 comments:

Michelle Pyne said...

Thank you for your eloquent tribute to our wonderful prophet and his wife! It truly is a happy time for him. But we will miss him!

Brynn said...

That was put beautifully. It is a bittersweet for me. I will miss his humor. I know his homecoming must be amazing. He was a great man and prophet.

Nisa said...

I agree. It was hard to be overwhelmed with loss when you know that he has gained so much. YEt, I wish that he had lived to see 100 and spend a few more years blessing our lives with his gentleness.

Family of 7 said...

I was not sad either...I thought the same thing you did that it must have been a joyous reunion last night. Did you notice President Monson in conference yesterday? I thought he looked aged or something weighing on his mind. He usually has this chipperness to his voice and his smile. I did not see it yesterday and I bet he knew President Hinckley was in his last hours.

Abbi said...

Jessi, you are such a great writer! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Perfectly put.

Elaine said...

Amen is all I can say.

Kimberlie said...

Very well said!! Truly one of the greatest men!

Shana said...

I love this man! Well said. I agree 100%!!! He will be missed. It is bittersweet!