Monday, January 28, 2008

Obituary of a Great Man, even a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator

A little variation on a common theme to praise the life of a great man:

To seal the testimony of this Church and the Book of Mormon, we announce the death of Gordon B. Hinckley the Prophet, and James E. Faust the Counselor. They were brought to the other side of the veil, though not on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted black—of from 150 to 200 persons. James passed on first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Gordon carried on as if leaping from the window, and was taken dead in the attempt, exclaiming: O Lord my God! They were both criticized after they were dead, in a brutal manner, and both received multiple hazings.

Gordon B. Hinckley , the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus and Joseph Smith only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has re-directed the Book of Mormon, which he interpreted and challenged all to read by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on every continent; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has expounded on the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded many a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his Counselor James. In life they were not divided, and in death they will not be separated!

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