Monday, February 04, 2008

God Be With You 'til We Meet Again

I have finally had the opportunity to watch the funeral of President Gordon B. Hinckley. I wasn't able to watch it Saturday since I was working. Jeremy set up the DVR to tape it so over the course of the past two days, I have finally watched it. I just wanted to share some of my feelings and thoughts that have consumed my heart over the past couple of days. I don't often share these feelings with others, but I have often commented on how this blog has turned into my journal of sorts. I want to record these feelings so that I may be able to reflect upon them later.
Here is a list of the things that I hope that I will always remember when I think of President Hinckley.
1. He was such a personable person. It always amazed me how he was able to personally touch the lives of people that he never met.
2. I will always remember how he connected with the youth. I had a knack for being firm in the things that they needed to do, but conveyed it in a loving and accepting way.
3. That cane!! I don't think I have ever seen him use it for the purpose that it was intended. It was used to wave at people, tap at things, etc.. When he was just holding it, he held it off of the ground, holding it at the middle of the cane.
4. His sense of humor. He often had a little joke or funny story in many of his talks. He was a pleasure to listen to.
5. His apparant love for his sweet wife. Everyone should have a companion that loves them that much.
6. His work ethic. At the age of 97, he had a work schedule that would make me tired. It is a true testament of the work that he did that The Lord blessed him to be able to hold up such a schedule.
7. He closed nearly every Conference with the phrase, "God Be with You Til We Meet Again." I always think of him when I hear that song.

I am thankful for his guidance and I know that his work will be continued under the leadership of our new prophet, Thomas S. Monson.
Thank you for your sweet spirit, President Hinckley and may God be with me til we meet again!


nlindley said...

That was beautiful, Rachel! Thank you.