I've always thought I would just be so sad when President Hinckley died. So many of his talks, articles, lessons, and quotes have inspired my life, but all I can think is "Good for him." I mean, no one can go to his maker better prepared, and Marjorie is there waiting for him. I bet he's so happy to get a little rest. (Although, probably he'll just get right back to work, chugging along.)
Some of the the things that inspire me most about President Hinckley:
1. More than double the number of temples were built and put to work during his years as prophet as all the years before that. And that genius idea of mini-temples (the first in Monticello)--absolute genius.
2. His reassuring message of "just do your best," but followed with the challenge of "make sure it's your very best." Those phrases have inspired more introspection in my life than any others.
3. His entertaining, forthright appearances on the national media circuit. With Larry King and Mike Wallace, he showed how comfortable he was in his own skin and with his own beliefs. It was awesome.
4. I love the song he wrote for The Friend, "Don't Ever Forget to Pray." I loved that he made his message to the children so simple, so important, and so unforgettable. It really is one of my very favorite Primary songs.
I'm sure I'm missing something, something significant, but again, all I can think is, "Good for him."