Sunday, January 27, 2008

{In Memory}

As many of you probably know, President Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints died on Sunday evening. Andrew and I had just gotten home from my parents house. We had just turned on the t.v. when the breaking news story came on and gave the news. We both just looked at each other in disbelief and got teary eyed. It's very bittersweet. He was such a great, spiritual, funny, and sincere man. I'm so glad he's with his sweet wife now, but sad for us. I'm so thankful for the many times I had the opportunity to be in his presence during General Conferences, as well as First Presidency Christmas Devotionals. One of my favorite memories associated with Pres. Hinckley happened 6 years ago on New Years Eve. My neighbor invited me to go downtown with him to First Night. When we got downtown, we ended up visiting some friends of his that lived in the same building as Pres. Hinckley. As we were leaving their apartment, he took me to the top floor and I was face to face with Pres. Hinckley's door! I walked up to it, ready to knock, but decided to just touch the handle. It's kind of a silly story, but its something that I'll always remember.
This is one of my favorite pictures. :)


And this is a poem I read on my friend blog...I thought it was really nice. :)
Prophetic Passing
I imagine he's running to Marjorie now,
Yes, running, not waving his cane.
I see him embracing his father and mother
While they keep repeating his name.
I see him now meeting his forebears,
Brother Brigham and Joseph are there.
Sweet reunion of prophets, united by service
That only such noble men share.
I see him embraced by the Savior
While Father says, "Good and well done.
So faithful in stalwart endurance,
I welcomeMy noble, most excellent son."
I then hear the ripples of laughter
As he says the reception's just fine,
But he hopes that he'll get an assignment or two
Since there's no need to waste any time.
I can hear his clear voice in the stillness
At the close of this sweet Sabbath day,
Have faith and move forward - there's work to be done.
President Hinckley would want it that way.
Anna M. MolgardJanuary 27, 2008

1 comment:

Jen said...

Hey Shannon! Thanks for your support. I'm crazy for training, right? The invite is open if you want to train for our next big adventure with us after the marathon! And, visit my other blog: www.thejstaggs.blogspot.com. Loving the designs!
-Jen