Monday, January 28, 2008
I was so sad to hear of our great Prophets passing. I waited with great anticipation for conference to hear his reassuring voice, his words of strength, conviction, and faith. What a great example of selfless sacrifice and quiet service. I remember in college one night a bunch of us freshman rode the bus to salt lake and spent the night sleeping in line to hear general conference. It was such a thrill to see the prophet for the first time in person. Only a few months later he came to Monticello, (my hometown) to check out a spot for a brand new idea. The small temple. I will never forget the dedication ceremony, or watching him cement the cornerstone that same day. Monticello was sort of a proto-type to see how this new small temple thing would work. It was nothing short of genius. I have benefitted from the small temples everywhere we have lived. Louisville Kentucky, Oklahoma City, and now in Anchorage too. What a massive legacy he leaves with us, and again how sad for us to have lost him, but so awesome for him to be with his wife again!