Jan 31, 2008

Tribute to President Gordon B. Hinckley


Since President Hinckley passed away earlier this week, I've been thinking alot about the many things that I have learned from him. I am grateful for his unwavering faith, his compassion and his endless optimism. I am so grateful for this great man and for the incredible life that he lived!



This is a quote that I heard him share many years ago. I had it posted on my wall on my mission and it really helped me to get through those tough times.


"Life is like that--ups and downs, a bump on the head, and a crack on the shins. It was ever thus. Hamlet went about crying, "To be or not to be," but that didn't solve any of his problems. There is something of a tendency among us to think that everything must be lovely and rosy and beautiful without realizing that even adversity has some sweet uses. One of my favorite newspaper columnists is Jenkin Lloyd Jones. In a recent article published in the News, he commented: Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just ordinary people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. . . . Life is like an old-time rail journey--delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride." --President Gordon B. Hinckley

5 comments:

Amber said...

That is my all time favorite quote too. I put it in any talk I can. I just wanted to say I am so excited for you and Dan. Don't worry...by week 13 it gets better. Seems too far away, huh? I really loved your "Self" question. So true!

Katie said...

Great quote, and I LOVE that picture! Where did you find it? He was so darling...I miss him.

Autumn said...

Sorry Holly I had to steal this quote for my blog. I love it! See your doing your visiting teaching without even seeing me. Lets get together soon!

Baltzer Family said...

Love the picture and quote!

Kimberlee said...

I love reading everyone's thoughts about President Hinckley. Thanks for the quote...you're full of good ones! Feeling any better? So mad that you were laying out this last weekend!