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28 January 2008

Goodbye President Hinckley

Last night the president of our church, President Hinckley, died at the age of 97. We loved him not only because he was our Prophet and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but also because of his faith, his love for all of us, and, of course, his sense of humor. He will be greatly missed, but we are so thankful for the knowledge that he's joined his eternal companion and our Savior and Heavenly Father. Yet nothing I can say compares to his own testimony:

"I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God's holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices. He gave heed to Their instruction.

"It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times.

"The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth "to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations" (Book of Mormon title page).

"The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church.

"Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true.

"I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

President Gordon B. Hinckley
April 1, 2006, Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference

For more information on our church, you can visit mormon.org
For more information on President Hinckley's life visit lds.org

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting his testimony. It is so beautiful and I can feel the spirit so strong every time I hear it.