The president and prophet of my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, passed away last night. Here is the story from the church's newsroom. http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/
It is a sad day for members of the church, but I'm sure it is a happy day for him. His wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, had passed away 4 years ago and he missed her dearly. They are now reunited.
President Gordon B. Hinckley holds a special place in my heart. First of all, he is the only prophet I have ever known as a member of the church. I was baptized in 1996, the year after he was called. The second reason is very personal, and I won't go into details, but he was at the dedication of the Billings, Montana temple, which I was also able to attend. That day, I gained a personal testimony that he was, indeed, a prophet of God.
I love that he was always, always kind. Even when talking about challenges the members were having that needed to be improved, he taught in a loving way, never chastising. He was funny and witty and gentle and kind. Even though I didn't know him personally, I loved him.
And I will miss him.