Sunday January 27th 2008 Prophet Gordon B. Hinkley passed over. Prophet Hinkley had presided over the Church of Jesus Chrisst of Latter Day Saints for near 13 years. In his tenure as the Living Prophet the word of our Father was spread to more people than ever before, and our Fathers true Church saw unprecedented growth. Today thanx to Prophet Hinkley's tireless dedication to the spread of our Fathers message people the world over are blessed with his Church.Every continent of the world has a temple thanx to the Prophet. Hinkley is praised by many today as the eternal optimist,a tireless worker in the service of our Father,and a talented communicator beloved by millions. Today we mourn the loss of a truly great man, but alas he has not left us. His words guidance will surely shine upon the heart of his successor, and we shall surely meet him once again in the kingdom of Heaven....May the Father bless you my prophet.......your deeds shall never be forgotten.
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SALT LAKE CITY - Mormonism's home is America, but most of its believers don't live here anymore.
In the past 13 years the church has flourished as never before around the world, with new temples rising in Africa and South America and new members joining by the tens of thousands.
The expansion is a testament to the tireless work of Gordon B. Hinckley, the church's president and a sort of spiritual pioneer who traveled as no Mormon leader had before to raise the church's profile. He died Sunday at age 97.
Claudio Zivic, who oversees the church's affairs in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, recalled a Hinckley address to a crowd of 50,000 in Buenos Aires in 1996.
"We know that all the prophets are very special for us. But he touched our lives in every possible way," Zivic said in an interview from Buenos Aires. "He has taught us to be a little better, to stand a little taller and to do what is right."
Surrounded by family and friends, Hinckley died at home Sunday night of complications arising from old age. He was the oldest church president and served in that post for nearly 13 years, beginning in March 1995.
His funeral will be held Saturday at the church conference center here and broadcast via satellite in 69 languages and on the Internet, spokeswoman Kim Farah said. Public viewing will be Thursday and Friday.
The sense of loss among the Mormon faithful was more than evident. Dozens of mourners gathered outside Mormon church headquarters to honor Hinckley. College students sang hymns by the light of their cell phones.
Kelly Ford, 28, of Kaysville stared at a painting of Hinckley in the church visitor's center as a snowstorm swirled outside. She recalled how he had taken time to speak to teenagers.
"He was a complete optimist. He talked about our potential and what the Lord expects of us," Ford said. "He was the greatest optimist I've ever known."
Republican Mitt Romney — whose bid to become the first Mormon elected president has also raised the profile of the church — said Monday he would miss the humility and wisdom of Hinckley and plans to attend his funeral.
Hinckley's successor is not expected to be named until after he is laid to rest, although church tradition indicates that 80-year-old Thomas S. Monson, the most senior member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, could step into the role.
The church began in 1830 with just six members, and by the end of Hinckley's tenure it had crossed the threshold of 13 million.
About 5.7 million — less than half the church's worldwide membership — are in the United States, and a third of them live in Utah. While the church is among the fastest growing in the U.S., membership is rising more rapidly overseas, primarily in Africa and Latin America.
"Without a doubt that was part of his vision from the first," said Bruce Olsen, managing director of public relations for the church. "His ability to articulate that vision and see the big pictures helped that move along."
Mormons have always been missionaries, but the first major international effort to grow the church was in the late 1830s, when missionaries were sent to England, drawing more than 1,000 converts back to the United States. From there the work spread to Denmark and other part of Western Europe.
In a statement Monday, President Bush praised Hinckley as a "deeply patriotic man."
"While serving for over seven decades in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon demonstrated the heart of a servant and the wisdom of a leader," Bush said. "He was a tireless worker and a talented communicator who was respected in his community and beloved by his congregation."
In 2006, the church said 94,000 new members were children born into the faith and 272,845 were converted worldwide. Hinckley urged the faithful to increase the number of baptisms in North America.
"But that could be said of everywhere throughout the world," Hinckley once said. "Nevertheless, the harvest is great."
Mormons believe they are called to share the word of God, and specifically their own message of the restored Gospel, through their missionaries. The youths, often men, cut a distinctive figure in white shirts, ties and dark suits.
In 2006, the church scattered more than 53,000 missionaries around the world.
Rick Phillips, a sociology professor at the University of North Florida who has studied church growth, gives Hinckley most of the credit for the church's recent expansion.
Hinckley's commitment to temple expansion and focused missionary work has given the church unprecedented resources, Phillips said.
"No other religious denomination spends as much per captia on missionary outreach as the LDS church. Think about how successful the church has been in converts per membership contribution per dollar."
Mormon church finances are not public — not even to its members — but the church, which asks members to give 10 percent of their income, is believed to be one of the richest in the world.
SALT LAKE CITY - Gordon B. Hinckley was remembered as a "prophet to the people" on Saturday as tens of thousands of faithful Mormons gathered to say goodbye to the church's longtime president.
The funeral at the conference center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints capped a week of mourning for Hinckley, who died Jan. 27 at age 97.
Hinckley's children and closest advisers chronicled his lifetime service to the faith, including unprecedented growth during his 13 years as president.
"He was our prophet, seer and revelator. He was an island of calm in a sea of storm," said Thomas S. Monson, a friend for more than 50 years, a close advisor and likely to be Hinckley's successor. He called him a "prophet to the people."
During Hinckley's tenure, the church expanded to 13 million members from 9 million in 160 countries. He established an education fund to help returned missionaries, expanded the church's humanitarian work and built more than 75 temples around the world.
On Feb. 8, the church will dedicate its 125th temple, in Rexburg, Idaho.
"Disciplined and courageous, with an unbelievable capacity for work, he believed in growth," daughter Virginia H. Pearce said. "He was a marvel to watch."
The 90-minute service was mixed with eulogies and soothing hymns from the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir at the nearly full 21,000-seat conference center.
The grandson of Mormon pioneers, Hinckley was born in Salt Lake City and spent much of his youth on a family farm.
He had his eye on a journalism career, but instead went to work for the church in 1935 to establish a public relations department. He was credited with seeing the potential of media and technology to spread the church message.
"Gordon B. Hinckley was the great communicator," church elder Earl C. Tingey said, adding to the long list of the late president's attributes celebrated Saturday.
Henry B. Eyring, promoted last year to Hinckley's leadership circle, called him an optimist who was undaunted by difficult challenges and often responded with a smile and a simple phrase: "Oh, things will work out."
Hinckley was driven by his desire "to bless individuals with opportunity," Eyring said. "Always he thought of those with the least opportunity, the ordinary person struggling to cope with the difficulties of everyday life."
Hinckley loved to be among the faithful, visiting 150 countries and logging more than 250,000 miles.
Starting Thursday, mourners came in droves for a chance to walk by Hinckley's open casket. The church said 57,443 people attended two days of a public viewing — some standing in line for up to five hours to walk past the casket.
Hours before the funeral began, lines stretched out of Temple Square, where free tickets were distributed, and onto the sidewalk. Some people spent the night in freezing weather to get a pass, and volunteers distributed hot chocolate.
"There's nowhere else on Earth I'd rather be at this moment, even if it's freezing," said Michelle Miller of Salt Lake City, who was waiting to get in.
Politicians from Utah, Idaho, California, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, attended the service.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose father once served in the church's highest leadership, and his wife, Anne, also attended.
In a final gesture, mourners waived white handkerchiefs as Hinckley's coffin left the conference center, repeating a gesture he often used to greet the crowds wherever he appeared.
Hinckley was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, alongside his wife. His successor is expected to be named this week.
Many called the occasion bittersweet, saying they were sad for themselves, but comforted in their belief that the church president had been reunited with his wife, Marjorie, who died in 2004.
A ceremony performed inside Mormon temples binds families together for time and all eternity, said Jana Riess, a Mormon convert and the Cincinnati-based co-editor of "Mormonism for Dummies."
"I don't want to be too cliche, but this idea that Mormons hold fast to their eternal families makes an enormous difference in how they feel about death," Riess said.
Mormons also differ from other Christians in their belief that heaven will not be a place of rest, but one where the work of the church and individuals will continue — something Hinckley often mentioned in his speeches to members.
The Church itself will not elect the Prophets successor It is widely believed that Thomas S. Munson will be the successor since he is the ranking member on the 12 man council . But according to Church doctrine if Elder Munson is not the Fathers choice he too would pass. It is taught that the Prophet lives until the Fathers choice for successor is the ranking member of the 12.....so odds are good for Munson at the moment.
I might also add that irregardless of who becomes the next Prophet there will be no change in the direction of the Church. The LDS faith is not like say the Catholics who when a new Pope is elected take the stance of the new Pope...the late John Paul was a very outgoing world figure while Benedict is seldom heard from on the world stage.....The LDS teach that the Prophet is merely the Fathers voice on earth so unless the Father presented the new Prophet with major changes the public would hardly notice the change.
SALT LAKE CITY - For the first time in 13 years, Mormons are to gather for a spring conference with a new president at the helm of the church.
A church elder for more than 40 years, Thomas S. Monson is a familiar face, but many people are wondering what changes he will bring in his new role as "prophet, seer and revelator" of a global religion with 13 million members.
"No one can predict how much his new role will color President Monson's demeanor and direction, but ascending to this office has affected others before him," said Philip Barlow, a professor of Mormon history and culture at Utah State University.
In February, Monson, 80, became the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following Gordon B. Hinckley who died Jan. 27.
Mormons scheduled to meet Saturday for the church's twice-a-year conference will be asked to affirm the World War II veteran's rise to the presidency in a ceremony known as the solemn assembly.
Each church organization, from the highest leadership circles to youth groups, will be asked to stand and raise their hands as a sign of support.
"It's going to be a pretty significant experience," said Rick Armstrong, a professor of communications at Wichita State University in Kansas. "I'm looking forward to actually standing up in my house and sustaining him."
An expert in rhetoric with a forthcoming book on the communication styles of Mormon church presidents, Armstrong said he'll be listening for any message of change.
"They're usually pretty careful about inaugurating anything new right off the bat," he said. "It's probably going to take a little while."
Monson's practice of recounting personal stories and parables of individuals struggling through challenge by leaning on their faith seems very effective, the professor said.
"It's that personal experience that speaks to Latter-day Saints," Armstrong said.
In comparison, Hinckley, Monson's longtime friend, typically spoke about broad themes and the state of the church while calling on members to deepen their faith.
Latter-day Saints will quickly notice any changes in Monson's style as the more general responsibilities of leading a worldwide church settle on his shoulders, Barlow said.
In February, Monson said there would be "no abrupt changes" in the church, and Barlow believes the statement was sincere. "But this is both a conservative and dynamic movement, so some change will come," he predicted.
Leaders of other religions also have an interest in what occurs inside Utah's dominant faith.
"Because the LDS church is so huge, every time they breathe, wink or sneeze there are just repercussions all over the place," said the Rev. Tom Goldsmith of Salt Lake City's First Unitarian Church.
"I'm going to guess that the interfaith community will be looking for how direct or nuanced Monson's speech may be in terms of being more inclusive," he said.
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