As most everyone knows by now, President Hinckley passed away yesterday evening. What a wonderful, amazing, inspired man. I think my deep love for him comes from my gaining a personal testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ during his service as prophet. He is "my" prophet. I love him. I will miss his witty humor at General Conference. I'm grateful for the many Temples that were built while he was prophet. I morn for the world's loss of one so pure and good and kind. I rejoice that he is now reunited with his beloved Marjorie. I pray for his family. I eagerly await the calling of the new prophet of the Lord. I am ever grateful that the Lord has given us prophets to guide us back to His presence.
I said to Buddha today, "President Hinckley passed away last night. Do you know what 'passed away' means?" He said, "Yes, he died." He thought for a moment and then said, "Why did Heavenly Father pass away President Hinckley?" I told him that Heavenly Father didn't make President Hinckley die, but that President Hinckley had finished his mission here on earth, so he got to go be with his family in heaven.
If you are reading this and you are not LDS (Mormon), I urge you to go to the Church's website and learn all you can about the "Mormon" Church. Being a member of this church and a disciple of Christ is what brings me the greatest joy and peace in my life. I know my family is forever. I know my Savior lives. I know that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me just as much as He loves our departed prophet, President Hinckley.