My mother called me last night sometime after 8pm to inform me that President Gordon.B Hinckley died. He was the prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 13 years.
"I miss him already" she said to me.
My prophet... oh how I love him. He has been the prophet for most of my life. He became president of the church when I was 15.
I am reminded of the time when I was 5 years old and my mommy was crying, she told me that President Kimball had died. My little mind new that it was a major event so I remembered it. Later in grade school I even told my friends that that President Regan had died, "I know because I remember my mommy told me so". I new it was a preseident of some kind :).
President Ezra Taft Benson was my Primary days prophet. I love going into Primary and hearing the little children enthusiastically shout out the name of the prophet when his picture is held up. I did that with President Benson, when I was a little girl. I remember the day he died, It was my birthday and I remember thinking about him for a long time that day. I thought about how I loved him and how I never would forget that day he died.
President Howard W. Hunter was the prophet for only nine months while I was in Jr. High. I don't remember him that well except that he was the prophet when my older brother and sister left to serve missions for the church in California and the Dominican Republic.
President Gordan B. Hinckley has been my prophet ever since. He has been such a wonderful guiding star in my life, a constant in the toughest trials of my life. His words and council have brought me closer to my family and they have given me courage to do the "hard things". Each General Conference when he challenged us to be "just a little better" and "stand a little taller" I felt I could really do it, and that I had his support with me.
I have grown to love him dearly, as I know much of my fellow church members have too. So I too add my voice to the many many others, Thank You Thank You for a marvelous life lived!
I miss him already.