It’s been a week now since President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away. I wasn’t able to attend his funeral yesterday because of a weekend class I’m taking, but I’ve been reading posts about it on blogs. I wish I could have seen it. I’ve been touched over the last week as I’ve read the reminisces, testimonies, and tributes. President Hinckley was a deeply good and influential man. And though I was in high school when he became Church president, I rarely paid attention to Church or spiritual things before my freshman year of college and succeeding mission, so President Hinckley is about all I remember. He has been president of the Church all of my adult spiritually-conscious life.
I wanted mention two things here: First, I’d like to bring together links to some of the various tributes to President Hinckley scattered through the mo’sphere (if I’ve missed any, please let me know).
Second: The Hinckley Challenge. I encourage those of you who would like, to participate. Along with the many tributes that have taken place over the last week, like the LDS teens who—in honor of President Hinckley—wore their Sunday best to school this last Monday, I just learned of a Book of Mormon challenge. I’m in. From the website:
The challenge begins in 1 day!
President Hinckley often stressed our making the Book of Mormon part of our lives. He was 97 when he passed away, and we would like to celebrate his life and teachings by reading the Book of Mormon in 97 days.
President Gordon B. Hinckley on the Book of Mormon:
“I take in my hand the Book of Mormon. I read its words. I have read Joseph Smith’s explanation of how it came to be. To the unbelieving it is a story difficult to accept, and critics for generations have worn out their lives writing books intended to refute that story and to offer other explanations than the one given by Joseph the Prophet. But to the open-minded, this critical writing has only stimulated them to dig deeper; and the more deeply they dig, the greater the accumulation of evidence for the validity of Joseph Smith’s story. Still, as has been demonstrated for a hundred and fifty years, the truth of the Book of Mormon will not be determined by literary analysis or by scientific research, although these continue to be reassuring. The truth about the origins of the Book of Mormon will be determined today and tomorrow, as it has been throughout the yesterdays, by reading the book in a spirit of reverence and respect and prayer” (“Praise to the Man,” Ensign, Aug. 1983, 4).