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President Hinckley’s Funeral

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.

Glenn Beck – President Hinckley

“We can all learn a lot…”

Glenn Beck – Faith & Inspiration – Glenn’s Tribute to the late LDS President Hinckley

I must be honest and say that I don’t even know who Glenn Beck is, but this two minute segment from his show was very touching. We can all learn a lot from the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley and the impressions he has left with us.

President Hinckley Died

President Hinckley passed away this evening. I’m sure his time had been coming, the man was almost certainly ready for it. I’m happy that he will be able to be with his wife again and be reunited with so many souls. He did great things not just for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but for the world and will be missed by many. We assume that President Monson will be taking over and be sustained later as prophet. It will be interesting to see what changes that brings and what directions he or whoever the next prophet is will be able to take the Church. Hinckley is the only prophet I’ve been a member under so far and I will remember him fondly, especially for his work in bringing temples closer and publicizing the Church.

Other than that news, the day was pretty good. I got to sleep in, but still had plenty of time to get ready for Church. I probably didn’t spend it in the most productive fashion available, but I’m still recovering, right? Church was good. Sierra Morris spoke about charity – the pure love of Christ and Trevor delivered a good message as well. Marissa did a great job as always with some great visual aids and good on topic class discussion.

Tonight at the Dowden’s was fairly mellow. I was thinking about cutting out early, but it didn’t happen and I didn’t even make it to branch prayer. I’m anxious to get a good week in since it seems like it has been so long since I could get dedicated to work and maybe make it back into some church activities as well.

President Gordon B. Hinckley Dies at 97

Just in case you haven’t been surrounded by LDS friends this evening or didn’t get a call/text message, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at home this evening around 7 p.m. MST.

Here is a preliminary article from the Church. I’m sure more information will be following shortly.

LDS Newsroom – Beloved Church President, Gordon B. Hinckley, Dies at 97