Sunday, January 27, 2008

Gordon B. Hinckley Dies

It's been all over the news tonight, the passing of Gordon B. Hinckley, the man who I once revered as a true prophet of god.

He passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008 between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. According to reports, his family was with him. Apparently, he just died of old age. After all, he was 97 years old.

He was born in Salt Lake City in 1910.

Married Marjorie Pay in 1937.

Became an apostle in 1961.

Member of the First Presidency since 1981.

Prophet and president of the church since 1995.

People are commenting on his life and accomplishments, which are many. He is being described as a great leader who loved people and never tired in traveling the world and meeting members. He may be most remembered for his temple building. When he became president of the church, there were only 47 temples in operation. Now, in 2008, there are just under 150 temples.

He sounds like a great man, and the only problem is that he devoted his life to further the cause of a cult and a fraud. He always had messages of love, peace, and harmony, and that is all good. But his devotion was to Mormonism, which I guess is neither good nor bad. It was his life and there is no question that he was devoted to his beliefs. I can't bad mouth him for that.

In some ways, this man helped me see the truth about Mormonism. When the Tsunami killed hundreds of thousands of people, I wondered why he did not predict it. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans, I wondered why he did not predict it as well. When he came out with the "earring commandment" I was about 99% convinced that he was no prophet at all. Looking back on his life of great accomplishments, show me one thing he did that was truly prophetic... (making jokes from the pulpit doesn't count)

It is speculated that either Boyd K. Packer or Thomas S. Monson will succeed him as profit of the church. The next lying fraud will be....

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