Thursday, January 31, 2008

Standing for Something

Gordon Bitner Hinckley
June 23, 1910 - January 27, 2008

President Gordon B. Hinckley is far and away one of the most inspiring people I have ever studied. He certainly exemplified his oft repeated challenges to "Stand for Something" [great and good] and to "Be!" 'grateful', 'smart', 'clean', 'true', 'humble', 'prayerful', 'positive', 'involved', and 'still'.

I can in no way sufficiently summarize my estimation of this man. But he leaves behind an astonishing legacy of words, actions, and example that speak to all who take the time to notice. I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity of his passing to remember the life he lived and find renewed inspiration in it.

I particularly admired his courage, his wisdom, his love, his open-mindedness, his humor, his kindness, his encouragement of learning, his positive outlook, his hope, and his ever-ready, strikingly-sincere smile. He was a brilliant ray of light in a often-darkened world and the world is a better place for having had him here.

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