Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, are mourning the passing of a mighty prophet, Gordon Bittner Hinckley, on 27 January, 2008. He was truly a witness of Jesus Christ, and he pioneered the use of various media formats in sharing the Gospel. He was an extraordinary man with a gift for words. We sing a hymn in which he bears simple testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ:
He lives, my one sure rock of faith,
The one bright hope of men on earth,
The beacon to a better way,
The light beyond the veil of death.
Oh, give me thy sweet Spirit still,
The peace that comes alone from thee,
The faith to walk the lonely road
That leads to thine eternity.
Like Moses, Noah, and all the prophets in ancient times, President Hinckley was called to testify of Jesus Christ. His role was to lead the Church into a new era of unprecedented growth, public attention, and changes in technology. Though he was savvy with public relations, he did not equivocate when speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ:
No event of human history carries a more compelling witness than does the reality of the Resurrection. His followers on two continents testified of it. Uncounted millions of men and women through the ages have suffered, even unto death, for the witness in their hearts that He lives, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, whose Atonement came as an act of grace for the entire world. How long and how great is the concourse of brave and humble people who have kept alive the name of Jesus and a testimony of His Redemption!
Now He has come again, in the latter days, to bless us and warm our hearts, to quicken our faith and bring us sure and certain knowledge of His living reality. . .
We honor Him, we worship Him, we love Him as our Redeemer, the great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New Testament. The entire thrust of the testimony of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants declares our living Lord before whom we kneel in humility and faith.
I am grateful for this man, beyond my ability to express. He gave his entire life in service to the Lord and His Church. May we all have a measure of that dedication.
MP3 of My Redeemer Lives