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Passing of a Leader

Posted by Jon on January 27, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away today at the age of 97. He was a beloved president who had served as Prophet, Seer and Revelator since March 12, 1995. For more information please see the official announcement from the church here.

President Gordon B. Hinkley
President Gordon B. Hinckley
(June 23, 1910 – January 27, 2008)

5 Responses to “Passing of a Leader”

  1. Andrew said

    I love that man. What an inspiring example of tireless service. He spread so much goodness throughout the world. I loved his optimism and his humor. I loved his gentle and loving spirit. He will be deeply missed.

  2. Shawn L said

    Thanks for posting. I just walked in the door from a friend’s house to the bad news. There will be more to say in the coming days . . .

  3. Shawn L said

    OK, now the kids are in bed and I have time to type a bit more. I think that, in coming years, we will look back upon President Hinckley’s ministry much in the same way many hearken back to President McKay’s time. Pres. Hinckley did more than anyone I can think of in the past 50 years to build bridges to those of other faiths. At the same time, he was not afraid to speak out strongly against evil, be it spousal abuse, gambling or racial intolerance. I recall being on the edge of my seat during his concluding address in the April 2006 Priesthood session. He said:

    “There is no end to the good we can do, to the influence we can have with others. Let us not dwell on the critical or the negative. Let us pray for strength; let us pray for capacity and desire to assist others. Let us radiate the light of the gospel at all times and all places, that the Spirit of the Redeemer may radiate from us.”

    Amen and amen. He will be missed.

  4. Jon said

    So true. Thanks for that addition Shawn. I always felt an affinity to President Hinckley. Part of it because I could see his background in public relations in so many parts of his presidency. His ability to communicate on behalf of the church was outstanding. A remarkable man, leader and prophet.

  5. Shawn L said

    Update — details on Pres. Hinckley’s funeral can be found here:


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