Tribute To Our Beloved Prophet of God - Gordon B. Hinckley Will Be Remembered As A Great Mormon.
Today in Remembrance -- a Father - a Prophet - a Friend of God....
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints; with the prophets family, and friends - remember this great man... Gordon B. Hinckley.
They were joined, by multitudes from around the globe, via satellite, to pay tribute to President Gordon B. Hinckley, on this day of remembrance of this life of service.
Please scroll to the bottom of this hub, to read more about the services for President Hinckley - our beloved prophet.
The weather in Salt Lake City, was particularly clear, with the sun shining bright - for a day of remembrance.
None of us, will ever forget what he taught us and how he showed us - The Way.
High School Students Show Love for Their Prophet!
SALT LAKE CITY 30 January 2008 Preparing for school on Monday morning took a different turn for thousands of teenage Mormon students who, some 12 hours earlier, had learned of the death of their Church president, Gordon B. Hinckley.
The students responded to a flood of text messages from teens in at least six states, suggesting they arrive at school in their “Sunday best,” rather than their accustomed jeans or other casual clothes, as a symbol of respect and honor to their deceased leader.
Highest Ranking Church Leadership - Pay Tribute to Their Fellow Servant and Brother in Christ.
- President Thomas S. Monson:
"It was my privilege to know and love President Hinckley long before either of us was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the First Presidency. Through the years I have sat next to him, have served with him and have learned from him. I am a witness to his prophetic calling.
"President Hinckley was prodigious in his work ethic and was totally dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a friend to one and all and a leader who inspired spirituality. His outreach on an international scale was unprecedented. He was truly a prophet for our time. Like the Master, he devoted his life to doing good, and God was surely with him. His life was a gift to the world."
- President Henry B. Eyring:
"President Hinckley had the gift to make people want to do better and to feel that they could. Last Tuesday I sat in a meeting with him as he considered and then decided matters of great importance, some about individuals and some affecting the entire Church. He was pleasant, incisive, and clearly inspired. For me, he raised the standard of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, giving all."
- The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
"The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles unitedly expresses its heartfelt love and admiration for President Gordon B. Hinckley and the singular life of service he lived. He was our prophet, our leader, our brother and our friend. We feel a deep, personal loss at his passing.
"President Hinckley served as an apostle for more than 46 years, the last 13 of which were as the senior apostle during his time as prophet and president of the Church. From those earliest days to these most recent ones, he unfailingly demonstrated his devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ, whose witness he was at home and abroad.
"We will miss his wit and his wisdom, his leadership and his love. However, we cannot but rejoice in his reunion with his beloved Marjorie, with his parents and other family members who have gone before, and with the prophets of God, both ancient and modern, among whose eternal ranks he now stands. As the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles we echo the voice of the Master, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant. … Enter into the joy of thy Lord.' "
President Gordon B. Hinckley - Early Years
Tributes to President Gordon B. Hinckley from Public Figures
28 January 2008 News of the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley has spurred an outpouring of messages of condolence and tribute. Many have been sharing their memories and feelings about him through telephone calls, e-mails, media articles, blog posts and personal conversations.
The following are tributes paid to President Gordon B. Hinckley from public figures. The Church will continue to post tributes on this page as they are received.
President George W. Bush
Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our friend, Gordon B. Hinckley. While serving for over seven decades in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon demonstrated the heart of a servant and the wisdom of a leader. He was a tireless worker and a talented communicator who was respected in his community and beloved by his congregation. As President of his church, he traveled to more than 60 countries to spread a message of love and optimism to the millions of people around the world who shared his faith.
A Mayflower descendent and the grandson of Mormon pioneers, Gordon was a deeply patriotic man. His leadership and service strengthened the Board of Trustees of Brigham Young University, the Boy Scouts of America, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. In 2004, I was honored to present him with the Medal of Freedom, our Nation's highest civil award, in recognition of his lifelong public service.
Laura and I will miss Gordon's friendship and wisdom. Our thoughts and prayers are with his five children and the rest of the Hinckley family.
Gordon B. Hinckley on Mormons are Christians
Honoring a Prophet of God...
Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts
I was saddened to learn of the death of Gordon B. Hinckley. Ann and I respect him as a man of great faith and character. Like all people who knew him, we were deeply touched by his humility, his sense of humor and by the way he inspired so many people around the world. We will miss his leadership.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley. He was a beloved prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His life was a true testament of service, and he had an abiding love for others. His wit, wisdom and exemplary leadership will be missed by not only members of our faith but by people of all faiths throughout the world.
He was an articulate leader and defender of our Christian principles and had a unique gift and way about him to communicate with people from all walks of life and all religious persuasions. ... Elaine and I feel deeply privileged to have known such a remarkable man and been touched in so many ways by his life and example. (Senator Hatch also eulogized President Hinckley on the floor of the Senate.)
Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah
I have been privileged to know President Hinckley since my early 20s, and the thing that has impressed me the most about him has been his humility. He always viewed his assignments, no matter how great or small, as opportunities to serve rather than positions of prominence.
He stayed fully engaged and completely up to date right to the end, and his legacy will be remembered long after all the rest of us are gone. (Senator Bennett also eulogized President Hinckley on the floor of the Senate)
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah
I am saddened to learn of President Gordon B. Hinckley's passing. In my experience, he was a man of tremendous foresight, with a keen awareness of current events and of the challenges and opportunities facing the people of the LDS Church, of the state of Utah and of our country. I will remember him as a devout, compassionate spiritual leader who showed much warmth and humor. I express my sincere condolences to his family.
Utah House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy
I'll always remember the first time I met him and shook his hand. It was a great honor for me personally. This is a great loss not only to the LDS Church but to the state of Utah as well. He was a revered and respected leader.
Utah Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem
He taught me by example, not only in his sermons, but his ability to respect all people, especially those who didn't belong to his religion.
He wasn't afraid to talk to reporters, and his civility showed. He was a world leader, he had a world view, not just a church or Utah view.
Yuval Rotem, Ambassador, Embassy of Israel in Australia
I join with millions of people around the world to honor and grieve for this compassionate and benevolent man. I became somewhat intimately acquainted with President Hinckley during my tenure as the Consul-General for Israel in Los Angeles, CA. The state of Utah fell under my jurisdiction and consequently I made several trips there. Each time I was warmly received by President Hinckley and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve. I even received a personal set of scriptures from him with my name printed on the cover, which sits prominently on my desk in the Embassy.
President Hinckley impressed me as a strong leader with an ability to understand the most crucial points of any issue. I greatly appreciate his significant efforts in bringing Christians and Jews closer together. In all of our interactions he was extremely courteous and respectful, with a marvelous sense of humor. I was particularly touched by his strong sense of morals and commitment to family, things which are highly valued among my people and culture. Based on my recommendation, my government acknowledged his exceptional contributions, and authorized me to present him with a special gift for his 90th Birthday. He kept that gift just outside his personal office. Due to my associations with him, and others of your faith, I make it a priority to introduce people from my country to your church.
President Hinckley will be missed by many people from all walks of life. I will personally miss him. He was certainly a great ambassador for the LDS Church to the world.
Remembering A Truly Great Prophet And Man....
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois
Last night I spoke with President Thomas Monson and expressed my deepest sympathies to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley.
Glenn Beck, CNN
Glenn Beck posted a tribute to President Hinckley on YouTube.
(YOU DO NOT WANT TO SKIP THIS VIDEO... I PROMISE)
John Graz, Director, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty, World Headquarters, Seventh-day Adventist Church
In this time of sadness for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I would like to express my condolences to you and to the leaders and members of your church.
We appreciated President Gordon B. Hinckley’s openness and his commitment to tolerance and religious liberty. According to those who met him, he was a wonderful man, reaching out to other religious groups and encouraging his community to build bridges.
During his presidency, our church cooperated with several of your leaders, especially in the fields of general counsel and religious liberty. As religious minorities, we share challenges in some countries and I am pleased to recognize the positive outcome of our mutual cooperation.
We look forward to continuing our good relations, inspired by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May God give comfort and hope to your members around the world.
Father Michael A. Kouremetis, Protopresbyter, Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake
On behalf of the members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, we express our deepest condolences on the passing of the revered President Gordon B. Hinckley.
He was truly a wonderful leader of your church and a dynamic individual whose charismatic personality embraced everyone he met. I remember being on the dais at Governor Huntsman’s inaugural with President Hinckley and thoroughly enjoyed his company and humanity.
As you mourn his passing, I pray that Christ will give you strength and that his memory ever be eternal.
Larry King, Larry King Live, CNN
President Hinckley was more than a leader of a Church, he was a great friend.
I have met very few people in my life who had his passion, his understanding or his wisdom. He will be sorely missed.
The Life of Gordon B. Hinckley
We Will Never - No Never - No Never Forget...
IF YOU ONLY WATCH ONE VIDEO HERE... YOU MUST WATCH THIS ONE!
I personally testify to each one of you, that Gordon B. Hinckley was truly a Prophet of God!
Our Hearts Are Missing A Prophet Today...
His loving daughter, embraces all with words that were inspired to comfort, lift and honor the families Patriarch.
Virginia Pearce, the daughter of the Prophet remembers her DAD...
Virginia Hinckley Pearce, on behalf of her family; at services for him that were held in Utah today...
Speaking of the many leaders who were so close to him and the family as well,
"there is nothing so touching to the human soul than to see men and women of great power extending private thoughtful and quite kindness...
"Our father was adorable and he was a marvel to watch. Disciplined and courageous with an unbelievable capacity for work he believed in growth."
She testified, that during the past four years... which ere the capstone of his life -- that the grief of the passing of his companion was overwhelming. This cause him to go to the Lord with greater faith and dug and even deeper well of strength..
Two years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer, her mourned the loss of good health -- this same disease had taken others close to him as well...
From there -- he went forth "with courage and good humor" and enjoyed a miraculous two year extension of his life.
One week prior to his death, he offered the dedicatory prayer of a renovated building in Salt Lake City...
He spoke with gratitude and in a most unusual way -- petitioned the Lord for His prophet...
"From the days of Joseph Smith, to the present ... thou has appointed and chosen a prophet to his people. " And then he continued --
"We thank Thee, and plead with Thee; that Thou wilt comfort him and sustain him; and bless him -- according to his needs and Thy great purposes."
Virgina Pearce testified - that this petition was answered -- and was evidenced in his peaceful passing. Truly His purposes were evident in the life of President Gordon B. Hinckley...
This was a beautiful tribute to her father and our beloved prophet, where every single word that she uttered, was inspired and felt deeply in the hearts of all who received those very intimate expressions that she sent forth, on behalf of the entire Hinckley family.
We all thank her for this gift.
President Gordon B. Hinckley With His Counselors
Prophets Remember a Prophet Who Has Passed...
President Henry B. Eyring - Something has been taken from our hearts.
President Thomas S. Monson and others remember a Prophet of God...
In weekly meetings of the leadership of the church, they would ride their little cart over to the temple... in the winter he always wore a coat and hat. He always instinctively knew of the approach of the Temple view... immediately, and quietly he would gently remove his hat and place it upon his lap.
Such a simple reverence of respect, noted Monson, for the Lord and in the smallest acts. He was observed as a teacher in all things.
He loved the song "God be with you until we meet again". He said that he had sung it countless times...
Monson related that President Hinckley would say... God be with you until we meet again my associates...; I have sung that song many times and in many places.... he recalled lifting his voice on countless occasions on all continents of the world; missionaries upon leaving, in war situations.... He had raised his voice in these tender words of hope; and surely he does to each of us, in his parting.
"God bless you my dear friends"
Monson's, final goodbye in response and on behalf of Himself and all.--
"Gordon, God be with you until 'we' meet again"....