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The Mantle of a Prophet

As we experienced the passing of President Gordon B. Hinckley and the sustaining of Thomas S. Monson as the new president and prophet of the church, it has been interesting to watch the mantle shift from one man to the other.  President Hinckley was so much like the Savior in his attributes.  He taught us to be kinder to one another, to stand a little taller, to work harder to be better members, and, most of all, to root our faith and hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  My 19-year-old son, who was in the MTC at the time, summed up the collective feelings of the members when he wrote this feelings upon learning of Pres. Hinckley's passing:

"On Sunday night, we watched "Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration."  I love that movie!  It means so much more to me now that I am out here getting prepared to completely serve the Lord for the next two years.  After the movie was over, one of the counselors in the MTC Presidency walked up to the pulpit and started talking to us.  And that's when I found out the news about President Hinckley.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.  It was a shock to everyone.  After that, we sang "We Thank Thee O God For a Prophet."  It was sad, but I am happy for him.  He is the only prophet I have really known.  He was an amazing man!  I want so much more now, to be the best missionary I can be."
That's what President Hinckley did, he made all of us want to be better.  I think that is how Jesus made people feel, too. 

And now, we have a new prophet and it is interesting to observe how those feelings of love and respect that we had for President Hinckley are transferring to President Monson as the Mantle of Prophet settles on him.  As I stood and raised my hand to sustain him as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, I felt a powerful witness in my soul that he is the Lord's prophet.  In his first public conference address President Monson said that "the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel [the Lord's] promptings."  And I again felt the Spirit testify of his calling.  What a blessing it is to have a living prophet, to lead us and guide us in these troubled times. 

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1 Comment about "The Mantle of a Prophet"

said this on 01 Jun 2008 8:30:00 PM CDT
I LOVED President Hinckley and was very sad when I heard of his passing. He made you feel good to be a member of the church. I think we all learned a lot from him and his example. But more than anything, it's just nice to know that we have a prophet of God on the earth today. Whether it's Pres. Hinckley or Pres. Monson, we know that if we listen, we will learn of God's will. What a great thing to know!

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