Our dear prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, passed away this evening. My sister, Kim, called me with the news just a little while ago. I was so shocked and my heart swelled with so many emotions. I cried (because that is what I do) and cried some more.
I am so happy for President Hinckley because I know that he is having a wonderful reunion with his sweet wife. Since her passing he has repeatedly expressed great sadness and longing for her. I was able to hear President Hinckley speak a few weeks ago, at a Stake Conference when I was in California. He spoke about the importance of treating women with the respect and love that they deserve. He of course mentioned his dear, sweet wife of whom he always treated in a respectful manner. He now gets to hold her hand again as they continue their journey together. And so, I am happy.
And yet, I am sad for me, because President Hinckley was scheduled to dedicate "our" temple one short week from today. I was so looking forward to hearing the prayer and blessing that he would pronounce upon that special House of the Lord and those who will serve there. I was so excited to know that any time I went to the temple, I would be walking where President Hinckley walked.
I will miss President Hinckley's sweet sense of humor, his bright smile that lights up his eyes and the room he occupies. I will miss hearing him say that he loves us all. I will miss listening to him speak of his lifelong sweetheart. I will miss his ambition and joy for life. I will miss the anticipation I always felt knowing he was "up next" to speak in a meeting. I will miss his sweet and simple and pure testimony of Christ. I will miss him.
But, above all, I am so thankful for President Hinckley. I am so thankful for the things that I was able to learn from him. I am thankful for the love that emanated from this great man and that through the Spirit I was able to feel that love. I know that he is a prophet of God. I know that the things he taught are true. I know that by living the precepts that he has taught I can be a happier me.