I was not ready to get out of bed this morning, but knew that I needed to get going if I wanted to be there for President Hinckley’s funeral. I ended up going to the Dowden’s and watching it there. The service itself was very touching and so were many of the other tributes they ran to him. One elder gave a list of what he remembers from each president of the Church and wondered what we would remember Hinckley for because he did so many things. Sister Dowden suggested that he may be remembered for consecration and always remembering the poor. Temples were certainly a big push of his. Rexburg was set to be dedicated today and would have been number 125. When he took the office there was under fifty, I believe. I want even more to go to the Rexburg temple now. I may have to make a trip out there soon after it is dedicated.
One reporter compared the succession in the Church with the upcoming US Presidential election. She remarked at how calm and easy the process in the Church is compared with the craziness surrounding the election. In the church no one runs for a position, they are called by God. Someone else gave a few reasons to support our belief that the prophet is divinely called. Typically the prophet is the longest serving member of the Quorum of the Twelve (Fourteen currently). No one has any control over this other than God because He can control when authorities take office and when they are called to the veil. He can keep an authority in office until the time is right for the next longest serving to take his place or give the inspiration to the Quorum to call another individual.
I always have to wonder at a funeral what will I be remembered for. I can’t imagine having any fraction of the people that attended his funeral even care of my passing and can’t imagine what good I would possibly be remembered for. What is my contribution to society going to be? I don’t need to earn a Presidential Metal of Freedom. Lee Ann Womack sings “if I will love then I will find, that I have touched another life, and that’s something, something worth leaving behind.” I guess everything comes full circle back to love. Love sums up President Hinckley quite well in one word. Maybe charity (Christ-like love) would fit him even better and we all know how much that can make the world a better place.
After hanging out at the Dowden’s for a while, I decided to head to the temple. I had other things I could have been doing today, but I thought that would be a good way to honor President Hinckley and get out and do something he would have approved of rather than sitting around and listening to people talk about him all day. Larilyn joined me. There was a good number of people there again tonight. I had a good time sitting and pondering.
Somedays you want to solve the worlds problems, but you can’t even solve what is right in front of you.
I’ve been thinking a lot about home teaching the past week. … I am determined to do better …
I’m also determined to get some sleep and stop rambling.