Many people today glanced over headlines like, "Mormon President dead at 97," or "LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley Passes Away." Then they never thought about it again. Let me tell you something, he'll be missed. And the majority of the world doesn't even know who he is.
Thirteen million members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (of which I'm a member) sustained him as a prophet, seer, and revelator. I never met him, but I didn't need to, but I, too, acknowledge my own belief that the man was a prophet. And I'm not using that term loosely. He was a prophet of God just as Moses, Abraham, or Elijah. He travelled more than any other president of the Church, and at ninety-seven years old, that is nothing to slouch at. But I'll always remember President Hinckley's energy. Actually, that's why I chose the above photo instead of the others. The story goes that doctors told him that he needed to walk with a cane. So he carried it with him. Classic.
President Hinckley will be followed by the senior apostle (and his first counselor), Thomas S. Monson (below).
My family's prayers are with both President Hinckley and President Monson's families.