A Prophet

January 28th, 2008

Our dear prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, passed away yesterday.

My sister, Mel, lives in Utah and emailed our family to let us know.

It was the last thing I expected and I immediately felt overwhelmed with disbelief and sadness.

What a wonderful man, who will be missed by so many!

Oh how grateful I am for him and the life he led.

And how grateful I am for the testimony I have that he was a true prophet of God.

I gained that precious testimony in this very building…..

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The Seattle Institute of Religion.

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I took a class here back when I was a student at the University of Washington.

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The class was held downstairs and through this hall with framed pictures of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency hanging prominently.

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At that time, I didn’t have a testimony of Pres. Hinckley as God’s true prophet on the earth.

But I wanted to know if he was.

Or if he wasn’t.

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So every time I went to the class, I stopped and looked at Pres. Hinckley’s picture on the wall.

I looked and silently asked Heavenly Father, “Is he really your prophet?”

I searched Pres. Hinckley’s eyes.

Then I would look at the other men.

All of their eyes shone with peaceful assurance that I didn’t feel.

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This went on for weeks until one morning when I left the classroom after everyone was gone to have my solitary journey down the hall of pictures.

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As always, I paused to look at Pres. Hinckley’s picture.

And suddenly, after weeks of asking and years of wondering, Heavenly Father finally answered my question.

He is my prophet.”

It came clearly and unexpectedly to my heart and mind.

With undeniable power that made my heart pound and my whole body fill with warmth.

And I knew.

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[I took these pictures not long afterwards, so I could share my experience with my children someday and be able to say, “This is where I stood the day I got my testimony.” I had forgotten about them until last night as I was thinking about Pres. Hinckley and how much he meant to me. Now I’m so glad I took them…..]

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6 Comments

Tearese | 1/28/2008 4:50 pm

Thanks for your thoughts, Heidi. I loved your pictures of the Institute, I took several classes there too, and had some great spiritual experiences.
My mom called us Monday night and told us to turn on the tv to see the story too. But it wasn’t on anymore. I found the info on random blogs online, then about 20 minutes later they had another news flash. He was a great man, and will be missed.

 
Andrea | 1/28/2008 7:55 pm

heidi
thank you for sharing that! he will be dearly missed but i know he is with his wonderful wife and is still working and is home where he needs to be. I loved pres hinckley and i too continued to strength my testimony through instute. i’m so grateful that we have that wonderful opporunity to increase our knowledge of the gospel in college. thank you so much for reminding me!

 
Pam | 1/28/2008 9:00 pm

Heidi, what a beautiful testimony of the Prophet. Those special feelings and the quiet way they come are the best part of life. How blessed your children will be because of the person you are.

 
Jesse | 1/29/2008 7:20 am

Testimony is such an amazing and personal journey. Thanks for sharing part of yours. I mourn and rejoice with you.

 
charlotte | 1/29/2008 10:56 am

I remember the first time you told me about this experience – it was very moving:) So it is fun to see the pictures with the story. It makes me miss you SOOOO much!! Thanks for sharing your testimony with all of us.

 
Heidi | 1/29/2008 2:59 pm

Thank you for your thoughts, everyone. I was hesitant to post this because it’s an experience so near and dear to my heart, so it meant a lot to have your kind thoughts and reactions that reassured me.

You’re right, Andrea, I’m sure he’s still working hard and is thrilled to be reunited with his wife!

 

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