Monday, February 4, 2008

The Passing of a close friend

Pres. Hinckley was the Tab choir's advisor for over 30 years even as  the prophet.  Our leaders met with him often.  He watched the broadcast whenever he was in town. He attended our  Christmas party every year without fail!(since I've been in anyway)  The choir was invited to a private viewing last Thursday night.  Some of the Hinckley family were there to speak to us.  One son said that the choir had become especially dear to the Pres. these last few years.  We sang three hymns; We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet, Abide With Me, and God Be With You.  It was a solemn and deeply moving experience.  I felt Pres. Hinckley's  pleasure and a firm decree that he would never leave us!  I believe that just because someone dies doesn't mean they stop caring about their life's work, especially the Lord's work.  We are so blessed to live among  men like him and also to have seen so many other great ones that have gone before.  What a blessing and sign of God's love to hear their words  and see their lives as they witness of the restored gospel  of Christ. I am reminded that where much is given, much is required and that we are really left without excuse.