Saturday, February 2, 2008

To Pay Our Respects...

We got on the Trax train at 2:15...
We decided to take just Jane to the viewing of President Hinckley.  Tobe and Aly were left at Aunt Jenn's house.  (a good move on our part, Thanks Jenn)
We waited outside for 1 hour...

Goofy girl!

We decided to go downtown to pay our respect to Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley yesterday.  We thought 2ish would be a good time to get in line before the crowds.  Nope...there were so many people there.  We waited outside for an hour, got into the conference center at 4:00, and waited in our seats until 6:00.  We got to see the prophet for 10 seconds and left the building at 6:45.  The crazy thing was that thousands of people did the same thing.  And thousands more were waiting to do the same thing as we left.  It was so overwhelming to see how many people came to honor the prophet.  That was the kind of man he was.  

As we left I said to Brett, "He looked like just an ordinary man lying there in his casket; just like one of us."  Brett replied, "But he didn't live like just an ordinary man."  
And no he didn't.  He lived totally committed to the Lord.  What an example to us all.

We are so happy we took the time to do this and share it with Jane.  I know President David O. McKay had the same impact on our parents and I hope to someday tell our children about "our prophet", President Gordon B. Hinckley.

9 comments:

The Gatherum Family said...

It was so fun seeing you-what are the chances? Could you even believe the crowds?!?! It was totally worth the wait though, I agree!

Shauna said...

That is a neat thing and Jane will remember it. I wanted to go but we had some sick kids. What an amazing prophet and man.

Kami said...

That is neat that you guys went and that you took Jane. I think it tells so much about what an amazing man he was by how many people wanted to pay their respects.

P.S. Thank you for the nice birthday card, it was so nice.

Debbie said...

Good for you for taking Jane!
What a great funeral that was. It was so touching to watch the video of his life when the choir sang. Tomorrow on Music and the Spoken Word, it will all be about President Hinckley and the choir will play his favorite songs.

Samantha said...

As I read your tribute to President Hinckley to Jonathan, I got really chocked up. I will miss this "giant among men", our propeht, Gordon B. Hinckley. Thank you for your insight.

Liz said...

Jane is so cute. How did she handle the wait? And you still have not explained what JUJU hearts are!

Logan and Ashley said...

That is so cool that you did that. What a long wait, but worth while!! At church today all of the testimonies were about President Hinckley and also the lesson in YW. I bawled my eyes out!! I will miss him so much!

Becca said...

that's so neat that you took jane-what a good girl for being so patient! we need to go stock up on juju hearts together before valentine's is over (byu bookstore, anyone?)

Kelli said...

What a special experience that must have been. I'm grateful we were able to watch the funeral via the internet. It really was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.