It is all over the Utah news (and many other news stations) – President Hinckley passed away Sunday evening at 7pm at his apartment from "causes incident to age". It was interesting we were at a family gathering out in Saratoga Springs at all at once calls came into different family members from people reporting the passing of President Hinckley. One of my cousins suggested we join in prayer for Pres. Hinckley’s family and for the leaders who will carry on especially Pres. Monson. I tried for a solid 30 minutes to call various family members, but the cell phone circuits were overwhelmed and no calls could get out.
That speaks to the magnitude of the news – many if not most of the 13 million members of the Church associate Pres. Hinckley with the Church’s First Presidency (the Church’s presiding body). He has served there for 26 some odd years. He has always been there during my lifetime – a stalwart, a rock, an example. I was inspired by his biography and it affected me deeply and has throughout my life. I often reflect on what he said and did and strive (albeit poorly) to follow his shining example. He gave his life to his faith. He was an optimistic man – impressively so.
We are watching the tribute to him on KSL TV right now. I work for the Church and work I am sure will be a somber and sober tomorrow and for days going forward.
Mormons recognized Gordon B. Hinckley as God’s prophet the same as we do Adam, Noah, Moses, and all the others from the Old and New Testaments. He bore a powerful witness of the divinity of The Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. I bear testimony that Gordon B. Hinckley was a Prophet of God. He was God’s mouthpiece to our troubled world. He was an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ as were Peter, James, John, and others both in New Testament times and in modern times.
As we mourn his passing there is no confusion or politicking for who will take his place. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles now leads the Church (the First Presidency being dissolved upon the death of the President) with President Monson as the presiding authority of the Quorum of the Twelve. In time they will convene and by revelation set apart a new President/Prophet who will then reorganize the First Presidency. If you look at how the Lord has worked over the preceding years Pres. Monson is the likely person to become the 16th President of the Church. When that happens I will raise my hand in sustaining vote for him along with the millions of others knowing that God’s work will go forward.
The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.