President Gordan B. Hinckley passed away yesterday evening. He had been the Prophet since March 1995. That was almost thirteen years of leading the church. He was my Prophet. Since I graduated from high school he has been the Man. I can honestly say I loved him. He wasn't just a Man of God that told me how to live my life. He was gentle and kind, loving and ambitious. I can remember how excited I was when he announced the plans to build several small Temples all over the world. He even gave me one in my backyard (the Redlands California Temple). I will miss him during conference. He was so real...what a personality!
To the Prophet I owe my testimony of the Book of Mormon. It was because of his goal for ever member to read or reread the Book of Mormon a few years ago that I finally gained a solid testimony of its truthfulness. What a wonderful experience it was to read the whole book with my family. My kids loved it and will hopefully remember what a wonderful experience it was to follow the Prophet!
What a relief it is to not worry about the future of the church as early saints did after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith! I am so thankful that the Lord has put in place a plan so that we will never be without a Prophet again. I can't wait for our next General Conference when we will hear the words of Thomas S. Monson our soon to be new Prophet.
What a wonderful 13 years it has been!