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President Gordon B. Hinckley’s Funeral

Today our dear prophet was laid to rest. He is the only prophet my children have really known. Below are links to some resources pertaining to his tributes.

Millions Pay Tribute to President Hinckley

Full video of the service

Audio streams in many languages

Broadcast schedule for funeral services, including rebroadcasts (PDF)

Deseret News audio sound slide presentation

What Is This Thing That Men Call Death
Text by Gordon B. Hinckley
Music by Janice Kapp Perry

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  • Ray February 3, 2008, 8:31 pm

    So simple, but I was SO moved by two things:

    1) The fact that Pres. Hinckley would arrange to be buried with soil from the land of his mission.

    2) The bagpipe solo was gorgeous and brought me to tears. “Oh, Danny Boy” is my favorite song ever.

  • spande2 February 3, 2008, 11:17 pm

    I loved the funeral. I loved and will always love President Hinckley. What a sweet, sweet, wonderful soul.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 4, 2008, 8:10 am

    If you missed it, there are links to the full video and audio, as well as the sheet music for one of the pieces sung (thanks Michelle!).

  • spande2 February 4, 2008, 8:13 am

    Is there a link to “Oh, Danny Boy”? I know they said the bagpiper was playing it, but I missed it and I don’t know for sure what it is. (I’m pretty sure I’ll recognize it when I hear it.)

  • Alison Moore Smith February 4, 2008, 4:02 pm

    There’s a link to the whole funeral in the article.

  • east-of-eden February 5, 2008, 8:45 am

    Danny Boy was the first song the piper played, the second song was Amazing Grace and the third song was Praise to the Man/Scotland the Brave (they are the same tune).

  • Alison Moore Smith February 5, 2008, 5:36 pm

    Oh, now if ANYONE ever gets on my case again for singing Amazing Grace in church, they are going to get a replay of this!

  • davidson February 5, 2008, 5:48 pm

    People get on your case for singing Amazing Grace in church? Why?

  • mollymormon February 5, 2008, 7:42 pm

    I’m SO glad the full audio/video is available! I will have to watch that tomorrow. I was listening on the radio sort of in and out (as we don’t have a tv in the bedroom, and I was not about to expend any extra energy to walk down a flight and a half of stairs for anything.)

  • Alison Moore Smith February 5, 2008, 8:24 pm

    Yea, because…I don’t know…it’s not in the hymnbook? Not in Utah, actually (I’ve never tried), but in Florida I got some weirdness about it.

    Next I’m going to see if I can get a Sacrament Meeting musical interlude on bagpipes… :devil:

  • agardner February 5, 2008, 8:29 pm

    It seems like people think of Amazing Grace as a “born again” song.

    We went through a real battle with it at my Uncle’s funeral last year. It was his favorite song, and he requested it for his funeral (he committed suicide and left the request in his note).

    Although he wasn’t active LDS, the family had the local bishop oversee everything, and he darn near vetoed that song at the funeral. He was my old bishop before I moved to Louisiana and I begged him not to change it – the family was dealing with enough as it was without fighting for a requested song. In the end, the bishop reluctantly said okay and it was a beautiful number.

  • spande2 February 5, 2008, 10:42 pm

    Wow! I didn’t believe you, Alison, but you’re right. It isn’t in the hymn book. How did I learn it? Oh, nevermind. I know. My dad used to play records of Tennessee Ernie Ford and some other gospel singer whose name has escaped me, and I love Anne Murray. She sings it too.

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 6:45 am

    Oh, now if ANYONE ever gets on my case again for singing Amazing Grace in church, they are going to get a replay of this!

    Actually–here’s a little hymn/music trivia and music history– he wasn’t playing Amazing Grace. He was playing New Britain. And that wasn’t Praise to the Man he was playing as he was walking away either, he was playing __________ ( I can’t think of the name right now– serious brain malfunction at the moment.)
    Being the musical gal you are- (you probably already know this, but maybe you didn’t realize the connection to Amazing Grace- or maybe you did and you’re just vying for Amazing Grace to be sung in church :)- most of the old hymns were “texts” or poems set to vaious tunes. Most of the tunes were old ditties from England, Ireland, Scotland, etc. And they’d sing the words of several texts, to several differnet tunes, as long as it fit the meter. That’s what all the tune and meter stuff is in the back of the hymnbook.
    The words to Amazing Grace were set to several different already existing tunes– but the one we all hear today, was just the one that became the most popular.
    The tune for Praise to the Man has been the “funeral” song for a LONG time.

  • east-of-eden February 6, 2008, 8:10 am

    The aversion to “Amazing Grace” is in the song’s title, and the principle of being saved by Grace.

    As you might know, many faiths believe that we are saved by grace only. We learn in the Book of Mormon however we that we are in fact saved by the Grace of Christ, after all we can do. So, this is where the controversy arrives. It also often seen as a “Protestant Hymn” so that can also be a reason why. Then there is the Church policy that states they would like you to sing songs from the hymn or choir books in Church. I understand why they have this policy, but it makes me sad, because we miss out on a lot of really great hymns (When I Survey the Wonderous Cross, Come thou Fount of Every Blessing are a few that come to mind….I would also like to sing Ave Maria once, but then there is that whole thing about singing in Latin and us not really worshipping Mary….anyway….)

    FacetheMusic, you are right, in years past, before they printed the music and lyrics to songs together, as is in our current hymn book, they would print the words in a book and the conductor would say, “We will sing XYZ, to the tune of New Britian (or whatever the tune name)”. The hymn name we assocaite with the words of “Praise to the Man” is called MARTYR in the LDS Hymn book. (However, as a Scot, I will say, it’s still Scotland the Brave to me!).

    If you look in the back of our hymn book, there are several indicies where you can find the tune names. If you look in the “Titles, Tunes and Meters” index, you will find, the titles, tunes and meters — hence the name, how clever those hymn book people were! The cool thing is if you find a song with the same meter, you can switch the words and tunes and really wake the crowd up when the ward choir gets up to sing!

  • kiar February 6, 2008, 8:19 am

    we don’t worship Mary, true, but there shouldn’t be anything wrong with holding her in high esteem, and giving her credit for raising the son of the Lord. If we can sing songs about the prophets, what is so wrong about singing a song about the earthly mother of Jesus?

  • east-of-eden February 6, 2008, 9:26 am

    what is so wrong about singing a song about the earthly mother of Jesus?

    I don’t know, but I know it’s verboten. However, I do manage to slip in Ave Maria every year at our Ward’s nativity display weekend. I am always in charge of the music, so Ava Maria gets played in the rotaion of songs on my holiday music CDs.

  • kiar February 6, 2008, 9:32 am

    sneaky! I like you more and more each day!

  • davidson February 6, 2008, 9:36 am

    More interesting trivia. The Tabernacle Choir sings a rendition of Ave Maria, in which they substitute the words “Heavenly Father” for Ave Maria. And I think you have a good point; we sing songs about Joseph Smith, whom we revere without worshiping; I wonder why Mary is different? Ave Maria will always remind me of my faithful little Catholic grandmother.

    Also, the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was ACCIDENTALLY left out of the most current 1985 rendition of the hymn book, according to the head of the Religion department at BYUI. It is his favorite hymn, and we still (appropriately) hear it sung in Sacrament meeting around here.

  • east-of-eden February 6, 2008, 10:13 am

    sneaky! I like you more and more each day!

    It’s not that I’m sneaky, I’m just that kid in the top right corner, “doing her own thing”….civil disobedience comes to mind, but that’s not appropriate in chruch either. Needless to say, I ususally sit on the back row of RS and read….and keep my mouth shut.

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 1:51 pm

    The hymn name we assocaite with the words of “Praise to the Man” is called MARTYR in the LDS Hymn book. However, as a Scot, I will say, it’s still Scotland the Brave to me!).

    That’s what it is!! Scotland the Brave– thank you. I was totally having a brain lapse this mornign. If memory serves correctly, the Church made the title “Martyr” up, to go with Lyons’ version of Scotland the Brave. You’ll note that Lyons is credited with writing the music for Praise to the Man– but obviously, he didn’t really write it. He took a tune that already existed, and changed 5 or 6 of the notes– “communed with Jehovah” notes are different. And there’s 4 measures of the original melody that we don’t even sing.

    As for Ave Maria– the reason it’s “verboten” is because it’s the Hail Mary prayer of the Catholic church. The latin of the Ave Maria (Hail Mary) translates to:

    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death, Amen.

    It’s a “praying to the Saints” issue. :shocked:

    But singing a song ABOUT Mary isn’t a “no-no”. We do it all the time at Christmas!! :tooth:

  • kiar February 6, 2008, 2:41 pm

    ohhh, I gotcha! (you’d think I would have known that I went to a Catholic highschool)

  • davidson February 6, 2008, 3:00 pm

    But why not correct the mistake and keep the music? We do that, too. I love the beautiful Primary song, “I Feel My Savior’s Love.” The original words said, “I feel my Savior’s love in all the world around me, and when I kneel to pray, He answers tenderly.” The mistake was pointed out, the lyrics were corrected, and the Primary children still sing it. They now sing, “And when I kneel to pray, my heart is filled with peace,” because we don’t pray to the Savior Jesus Christ. We pray to the Father.

    Maybe they don’t correct it because the hymn isn’t ours to correct. But somehow, the Tabernacle Choir got away with singing the “Heavenly Father” rendition of Ave Maria. I wonder what the permission process was.

    Just thinking out loud.

    Really, I love the fact that our hymnbook is filled with the faithful praises of people of all religions.
    My dad doesn’t typically sing when he attends our Sacrament meetings, but one Sunday the chorister selected the hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” He sang with gusto! I had tears streaming down my face! And my sister enthusiastically told the story to so many people so many times that it became a family joke. Now, when someone in our family repeats something for the millionth time, we say, “That’s an O.C.S.”

  • Alison Moore Smith February 6, 2008, 3:12 pm

    No, I didn’t know that. I mean I knew that poems were set to traditional tunes and stuff, but didn’t know the title of the tune for Amazing Grace. Can’t fool me, though, I know President Hinckley just wanted to slip that in. :smile:

    We sang Ave Maria in BYU’s A Cappella on tour, but we did not (be design) ever sing it when we performed in religious service. I think that was intended to give the impression that it was appreciated as a piece of music, but not a doctrinal essay. Or something.

    The problem with Ave Maria doctrinally is that the song is a prayer TO Mary. It asks MARY for mercy, hope, faith, etc. There’s not much getting around rejecting a prayer to a “saint.”

    Yea, to what Eden said, except that I don’t think anything in AG is contrary to revealed doctrine. It think it’s that the church has probably overreacted to the emphasis on grace in other Christian churches to the exclusion of works (and, IMO, reason) and pretty much ignored the concept of grace for decades–even though it IS doctrinal. So I think the aversion isn’t to the actual text of the song so much as the imagined conflict when we didn’t talk much about grace.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 6, 2008, 3:22 pm

    I see I’m redundant again. Sorry.

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 3:50 pm

    I wonder what the permission process was.

    There isn’t one for songs that are in “the public domain” — and the old hymn tunes are in the public domain.
    I could write new words to “Israel, Israel God is Calling”, most commonly known as “What a Friend We have in Jesus”– (which are the lyrics I actually prefer) publish it, record it, etc, etc and I don’t need permission to do so, don’t need to pay anyone any royalties for using the tune, etc.
    The most known version of Ave Maria is probably the one by Schubert. But there are several famous versions and they are some of my favorite music to listen to. The music is always SOOO passionate.
    I have Andrea Bocelli singing just about every one of them. I LOVE him!!
    In fact– I’ll bet I can find them on you tube for any of you to listen to if you’d like.

    AHA!! Here you go!! For your listening pleasure, I humbly present:

    Andrea singing the Schubert
    Probably the most famous version (edit: just realized, he sang this one in Italian instead of Latin, but it still translates the same.)

    Andrea singing the Bach/Gounod
    (the version most piano students play when studying Bach– but they don’t always realize thAT Gounod turned it into an Ave Maria!)

    Andrea singing the Caccini

  • davidson February 6, 2008, 3:54 pm

    How about Tracy Keaney singing it on You Tube? I’d love that too, really, I would! I’d love to hear you sing.

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 5:23 pm

    He he! Actually- when I was in college (didn’t finish) I chose voice as my major. What I didn’t know though, was that “voice” in college is “opera/classical”. So I DID end up doing Ave Maria!
    But you CAN hear me sing if you’d like.

  • kiar February 6, 2008, 5:41 pm

    holy gorgeous voice, batman! I listened to “Tapestry”. Simply beautiful.

  • Ray February 6, 2008, 5:42 pm

    Alison, it sounds like you read my “Embracing Grace” post. :bigsmile:

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 6:27 pm

    holy gorgeous voice, batman!

    :rolling::rolling::rolling:
    –Never quite heard it put THAT way before! That’s funny stuff!

    And actually– I wrote Tapestry, but that’s not me singing on that recording of it.
    Julie Burton (runner up on Nashville Star) did the vocals on that one for me.
    But the other ones on the site ARE me. (Except for one sung by Galen Breen- they guy who produced it for me.)

  • facethemusic February 6, 2008, 6:30 pm

    And I just realized that this thread has been TOTALLY and COMPLETELY hijacked. Sorry about that. Someone call the feds, I confess and surrender.

  • davidson February 6, 2008, 9:44 pm

    Well, The, your singing is beautiful. Thanks for letting us hear you. And I loved seeing your picture.
    YOU HAVE THICK, DARK HAIR! (If I can’t have it, I’m glad you can!) You really are a pretty lady.
    And once again! I misspelled Keeney! My apologies. I am proud of you for using your talents to bless the lives of other people.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 8, 2008, 9:11 am

    Tracy does have a gorgeous voice. And she threadjacked the FUNERAL post just to get attention. :shocked: Performers are SO like that.

  • facethemusic February 8, 2008, 12:44 pm

    I know!!! How sick and twisted is THAT???? Putting out shameless plugs for attention on a thread about a prophet’s funeral!! Someone needs to call that girl to repentence!!!
    Tell me where she lives, and I’ll take care of her.

    Actually– the threadjack began when I started posting links to all the Ave Marias. And that’s probably even worse! Links to songs that are prayers to the Saints, on a thread about the prophet’s funeral!
    Jenn– if I get struck by lightning, let everyone here know, and tell ‘em goodbye for me, k?

  • Alison Moore Smith February 8, 2008, 1:21 pm

    Repent, sister Tracy, repent. Return to the fold. Be one again with your perfected Sisters of the Message Board.

  • kiar February 8, 2008, 1:59 pm

    Crap! I must resign my posting status. ! didn’t realize that perfection was a qualifying factor in membership of this board. I hang my head in shame and dishonor. Goodbye, sweet sisters, goodbye!

  • facethemusic February 8, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • facethemusic February 8, 2008, 3:07 pm

    :rolling::rolling:Sorry, ladies— couldn’t help myself!!!
    And this thread was shot, anyway!!

  • kiar February 8, 2008, 4:46 pm

    wow, thanks so much face! you cut me to the quick! did you not understand that you were to chase me down, and coddle my itty bitty hurt feelings????

    Hee hee! I started to laugh so hard my 7 year old was staring at me like I had lost my mind! (Perhaps I did?)

  • Michelle D February 8, 2008, 6:37 pm

    Wow! Threadjack in this case is all right by me. You have a beautiful voice, Tracy. I will buy your CD whenever you put it together! I bookmarked your page so I can go back and listen some more when I have more time.

    And to help get this back on track, I was touched by Pres Hinckley’s funeral and the tributes afterwards. There was not the direct “plan of salvation talk” that is so common at funerals, but the reality of the plan and resurrection was in every talk and comment. Pres Hinckley lived what he believed, what he knew to be true.

  • Ray February 8, 2008, 7:33 pm

    There is a wonderful post on Times & Seasons entitled, “How to Bury a Prophet“. I recommend it highly, and comment #6 is priceless.

  • jennycherie February 8, 2008, 9:36 pm

    Posted By: facethemusicJenn– if I get struck by lightning, let everyone here know, and tell ‘em goodbye for me, k?

    consider it done! or better yet, just stay inside for a while :wink:

  • spande2 February 8, 2008, 10:49 pm

    That is very cool, Ray.

    Tracy (Face): I’ll be waiting for your cd. It is nice to see your picture and hear your voice.

    Alison, when are you going to sing for us?

  • davidson February 9, 2008, 12:33 am

    Boy, I don’t know how to say this. I’m sorry I offended you all so much! I want to thank you for all the good things you added to my life. I’m not offended by anything you said, mostly just pretty sad.
    I guess I don’t belong here. I’m not thick-skinned, and I’m not sure I want to be, so it’s probably just best that I go. I have really enjoyed your friendship, though, and I will miss you and think of you often. Lewis, hope things go well with that new baby.

  • spande2 February 9, 2008, 10:23 am

    Ah, davidson, we all belong here. Don’t leave. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings. I will admit that I was a little taken aback by your last comment to me. But I know I’ve been exhausted and emotional for at least a week. Let’s just start over with some different topics. Shall we?

  • facethemusic February 9, 2008, 12:27 pm

    You ARE just joking- right Davidson? We were all just kidding around with each other and being silly- and each of us knew the other was kidding too. I hope you knew that and that you’re just kidding as well– yours sounds SO serious though, that now I’m worried that you’re NOT kidding around.

  • facethemusic February 9, 2008, 12:29 pm

    Alison, when are you going to sing for us?

    Yeah, Allison–when CAN we here you sing? You’ved talked about it, and about your group, but is there anywhere online we can hear you? Maybe you can load something up on Youtube??

  • Ray February 9, 2008, 12:48 pm

    davidson, I also thought you had to kidding when I read it – or I would have written what ftm said. I hope you don’t leave; I would miss your comments greatly.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 9, 2008, 1:02 pm

    Posted By: spande2Alison, when are you going to sing for us?

    Huh? Who said I had to do that?

    Posted By: davidsonI’m sorry I offended you all so much!

    Wait, what did I miss? Was something deleted? I’m totally lost. Can’t see anything problematic that davidson said and I can’t see where anyone is offended???? :confused::confused::confused:

  • facethemusic February 9, 2008, 1:46 pm

    Huh? Who said I had to do that?

    Well, you don’t HAVE to– but we’d love for you to entertain us.
    Come, on— please? PLEASE? PLEASE?
    (Trying to create the “whining” effect in type– is it working?)

    Davidson either truly misunderstood something we said in our “faked upsetness”– OR she did the best job of all of us in faking it and we’re all horribly gullible– I’m seriously hoping it’s the latter.

  • Michelle D February 9, 2008, 3:28 pm

    Davidson, say it isn’t so! Who else is going to party with me in the cemetEry?! Please don’t go. I appreciate your input and your perspective.

    Everyone else, I think it’s things on other threads more than this one. And there have been some heated comments and things misconstrued…

  • Alison Moore Smith February 9, 2008, 3:33 pm

    davidson, if it’s my comment to Tracy about hogging the board, I was just teasing her (even though she IS a board hog… :wink::wink::wink::wink::wink::wink:). But that was to her, not you, so I’m not sure what’s going on…

  • facethemusic February 9, 2008, 4:22 pm

    oink, oink, oink

  • agardner February 9, 2008, 10:01 pm

    I think most of what upset Davidson was on the Spanish Imposition thread. Most of what I saw was respectful but differing opinions. It’s unfortunate that people take it personally when an opinion differs. It seems like that’s happened several times over the past few days – I hope these sisters will rejoin us, as they make great contributions. I also hope the open dialogue continues, because one thing I love about this site is that people speak their mind and give true thought to topics of discussion.

  • facethemusic February 10, 2008, 7:07 pm

    I think most of what upset Davidson was on the Spanish Imposition thread.

    Possible– not sure why she posted it on THIS one, then. So I was hoping she was just joking.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 12, 2008, 9:41 am

    Someone told me that President Hinckley worked a full day on the Friday before he died. Anyone else hear that or know a source? That would be so like him.

  • davidson February 12, 2008, 10:01 am

    I can see I really misunderstood, and I apologize to all of you. I thought the conversation here was a very personal jab aimed at me, even though you were speaking amongst yourselves. The joking happened about the same time as the heated discussion on the thread about the Spanish Imposition, and I thought you were underhandedly slamming me for wanting to be compassionate with immigrants, legal or otherwise. It felt like this thread was a bitter attempt to mock me for trying to live my understanding of the gospel, and you already know that’s a pretty big button for me. I wasn’t offended in the sense of being angry or indignant. I just felt hurt and betrayed by people I had hoped were my friends. It made me feel like I didn’t belong here, and I felt it was probably best to move on, so I wouldn’t make you uncomfortable any more. It really surprised me to learn that it wasn’t your aim at all! So much for writing! The medium of misunderstanding!

    I’ll admit, it’s pretty difficult for me to separate an opinion from a person. It seems to me that if you reject an opinion in a forceful way, you reject a person in a forceful way, because that person’s opinion is very much a part of who he is–and to me, that doesn’t seem to be the gospel of love that Jesus was promoting. Even though we claim objectivity, I’ve watched each of us become hurt by having our thoughts put through the shredder of rebuttal. Some are so hurt they leave for good. I’ve seen that happen a lot here, too, and it makes me pretty sad. People shouldn’t be leaving wounded at our hands, if we claim membership in the Savior’s church and a name like “MORMON” Mommas.

    It seems to me, that for each of us, it is much easier to dish it out than it is to take it. That’s true across the board! Whether we appear to be immune or not! Something in each of us aches at having our thoughts dismissed, criticized, or outright rejected. Sometimes those who seem to be the toughest are really those who have been most wounded. We deal with our sensitivities in different ways. That whole “reproving betimes with sharpness (clarity)” also includes the oftentime ignored directive to “(show) forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; that he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death. Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men.” We’re pretty good at the “reproving with clarity” part, but not so great at the “showing forth afterwards an increase of love” part. Me included! Maybe me especially! I wish I could extend to every person who left this website, offended, the same kindness and consideration you’ve just shown me. Tracy wrote me the nicest email, inviting me back, and I do so appreciate that. Truth told, I didn’t come here to make comments. I came here to make friends. No, actually, I came here to make a comment, because I had my nightie in a knot about the Girl in the Whirl poem, but when I found you, I felt like I had stumbled on a really good thing. I wanted to be your friend, and your friendship has blessed my life in many, many ways. If I had to choose between making comments or making friends, I’d choose making friends. I think we sometimes don’t realize how our comments affect people. Either we don’t realize, or we don’t care, but you are all such good women–(except for the one good man!)–that I don’t think it’s a matter of not caring. Probably a matter of being unaware.

    Can we just agree that we’ll try harder on the “showing forth afterwards an increase of love,” if we have comments to make that have the potential to hurt and offend? And I’ll make my best effort to not be overly sensitive, and to be more aware of how my words might land on other people’s vulnerable hearts. Thank you for considering this.

  • davidson February 12, 2008, 10:19 am

    Two different people who don’t know each other sent me this email, which tells me it is probably widely circulated on the Internet. Did any of you get it? Whether it is true or not, I couldn’t tell you, but I can’t imagine that anyone would feel the need to lie or exaggerate about this. The information about President Hinckley’s last days is in the 4th, 5th, and 6th paragraphs, if anyone is just skimming.

    ——–

    “I got the following forwarded to me from a friend in Elder Hinckley’s (Pres Hinckley’s son) ward in Salt Lake — it is a sweet testimony to his father.

    Elder Richard Hinckley bore his testimony in Sacrament meeting today. He thanked everyone for the notes, calls, food, flowers, and all they had done for their family.

    He said President Hinckley had been diagnosed with cancer early in 2006, and was not expected to last until the end of the year. He and his five children met with Dr. Ward, his cancer doctor, to
    discuss options. The doctor said they did not know how chemotheraphy would work in a 95 year old, as they had not tried it before. President Hinckley said he had three questions, and had them written
    down on a paper. The first question was “Will I still be able to live on my own?” “Yes”, the doctor answered. The second question was “Would I still be able to put in a full day’s work?” “Yes”, the
    doctor answered. President Hinckley’s final question was “Will I lose my hair?” “No”, the doctor answered. President Hinckley then agreed to have chemotheraphy. He said his life belonged to the Lord, and He would take him when He was ready. President Hinckley said he needed to do all he could do to prolong his life, for he had work to do.

    The doctors discovered the chemotheraphy was not working in January (2008). Again, the Hinckley family met with the doctors. At 97 years of age, recommended President Hinckley do nothing.
    President Hinckley replied again his life belonged to the Lord, and that he needed to do all he could do. He received the more aggressive chemotherapy the Tuesday before he died. On Wednesday, he went to the office and did a full day’s work. Thursday morning, he did not get out of bed.

    Elder (Richard) Hinckley said he was scheduled to go preside over a stake conference in Henderson, Nevada that weekend. Before he left, he talked with his dad, and felt prompted to give him a blessing. He also said he would take his cell phone, and keep it on. Saturday, after meetings, around 4pm, President Packer called and told him he needed to come home. He did, and stayed with his father and other members of his family until his father died.

    Sunday afternoon, Presidents Monson, Eyring, and Packer came and gave President Hinckley a blessing. About 7pm, PresidentHinckley took his last breath, and passed away peacefully.

    Elder Hinckley shared some anecdotes about his father. He said one of his dad’s favorite pictures was a picture of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with a photo of a singing President Hinckley
    electronically placed right in the baritone section. He would show it to everyone who came to visit. Elder Hinckley said this photo was something family members would fight over. Thursday night, after
    their practice, members of the Tabernacle Choir asked for their own private viewing. After, they presented each member of the Hinckley family with that photo.

    Elder Hinckley spent a lot of time at the Conference Center during the viewing. One of the ushers shared a moment with him, which he thought was sweet “a small girl came through with her
    father. She asked her dad “Do you think President Hinckley has met Nephi yet?”

    Elder Hinckley said true to form, his father had his funeral planned down to the last detail, leaving no decisions to his children. He planned the speakers, the hymns, everything. He said his father had “every button buttoned, and every knot tied” as always, prepared.

    Some of the things Elder Hinckley said about his father were that “he was reverent, faithful, humble, and true”. As a family, the Hinckley’s said, “We hope others will turn their hearts to the Savior”.

    He said a new prophet would be announced tomorrow, around 11am, and, although the Hinckley family had never tried to be in the limelight, they were ready to step back and fade into the background as this new prophet takes his place.

    Elder Hinckley said there were many flowers at the funeral, so he brought up two arrangements to our chapel for us to enjoy. One arrangement was from President Hinckley’s counselors; the other from the quorum of the seventy. He said they didn’t need all of the flowers at home, and that they were going to die anyway, and invited all of us to come up and take a flower after sacrament
    meeting. Many of us did so after the meeting, and we have made a bouquet we are enjoying here at the house. We are planning to dry as many as possible.”

  • Ray February 12, 2008, 10:26 am

    “So much for writing! The medium of misunderstanding!”

    Amen, and amen!

    Also, fwiw, too many people misunderstand the “reproving betimes with sharpness”. “Sharpness”- as used in this context – does NOT mean “with raised voice” or “harshly” or anything like unto it. It means “with precision” or “directly on point” – like the difference between operating with a scalpel or with a steak knife. If means getting right to the heart of the issue and not letting other things / issues get in the way. When you add the “when moved upon by the Holy Ghost” disclaimer, I believe that very little of our mutual conversation actually fits this verse.

    As davidson mentions, too much of internet conversation – devoid of direct and visual observation and feedback – includes reproving often without sharpness when not moved upon by the Holy Ghost. That, imo, is what we need to fight – the natural (wo)man tendency to let our emotions influence how we speak with each other and allow those emotions to push things past the line where proper civility resides.

    WELCOME BACK, davisdon!

  • kiar February 12, 2008, 10:32 am

    can I just tell you that I stayed awake for two nights in a row thinking about you and hoping that you would come back? I didn’t have your email or I would have sent you a letter! I just love reading your stories, and your song lyrics! I am so glad that you came back. I don’t know how much more I would have wanted to stay here, if it was driving away people like you.

  • davidson February 12, 2008, 10:40 am

    Good points, Ray, and thank you for the welcome back. I’ve been thinking about you over the last few days. You really gave me something to think about when you talked about emotionality. I’ve been an emotional person all my life, and since you entered our discussions here, for the first time I have been noticing how emotionality doesn’t always serve me well, especially negative emotion. I guess the whole aim of our existence is to learn self-control. Probably many of you are too young to remember Paul H. Dunn very well. Some of the stuff he said was good. I remember him talking about passion, especially physical passion, and he said that we don’t need to kill passion, we just need to tame it, and then it will serve us well. He said when you try to control a horse, you don’t kill it; you bridle it and train it, and then it can become useful to you. It isn’t very useful to you dead. I’ve always remembered that. Maybe our passions here just need to be bridled so they will be useful to us, instead of harmful.

    And now I’m going to bridle my tendency to thread-jack. :bigsmile: At least I’ll try. :bigsmile:

  • davidson February 12, 2008, 10:44 am

    Kiar, I was especially worried that I had offended YOU. I specifically defended immigrants because I was so worried that you might perceive all the comments here as attacks against YOU. I’ve seen firsthand how hard it is to come to a different country. I so value your friendship. I couldn’t quit thinking about all of you, either. I GUESS I AM AN ADDICT. :bigsmile:

  • agardner February 12, 2008, 12:01 pm

    Thanks for posting that email Davidson, and I’m glad you are back. I haven’t seen that email anywhere else but it does ring true to me. The only thing I remembered hearing was that he was quite well until 2 weeks before his death, but the last couple of weeks were hard. I hadn’t heard that he had worked on Friday (or Wednesday, as this email says), but it wouldn’t surprise me. I can’t see President Hinckley giving any less than his very best if at all possible.

    What a sweet man, and a sweet story. A peaceful ending to a wonderful life.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Michelle D February 12, 2008, 5:08 pm

    Davidson, Good points about the bridled horse/passions. Self-control is a life-long lesson. There are respectful ways to agree and disagree, even on the internet where facial expressions and body language don’t come into play.

    I am glad you are back. I was ready to email you, too! We’re going to romp in the cemetEry in the spring when it warms up! :wink:

    Didn’t one of the speakers at GBH’s funeral mention that he’d been at work just a few days before his passing? (I’m remembering Thurs, but it might have been Wed.)

  • Alison Moore Smith February 18, 2008, 12:05 am

    Thank you for posting that!

  • facethemusic February 21, 2008, 6:07 pm

    Here’s a wonderful article about President Hinckley’s funeral, written by a non-member for the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. It’s an awesome and very respectful article!!

  • Ray February 21, 2008, 6:44 pm

    ftm, that is a great article. I wish I would have linked to it about 40 comments ago. :wink:

    (Sorry; that’s my teasing nature coming out.)

  • ChanJo February 21, 2008, 6:53 pm

    heh heh You can never link to a good article too many times right?

  • davidson February 21, 2008, 7:07 pm

    Loved the article, Face! Thanks for sharing.

  • facethemusic February 21, 2008, 8:03 pm

    I wish I would have linked to it about 40 comments ago.

    OOOOHHH! HA! Sorry about that– somehow I missed that post of yours!! I think that’s right in the middle of when I was worrying about Davidson!!

  • Ray February 21, 2008, 8:35 pm

    It’s cool – since it really is a fabulous article – and since I can’t be upset at you – and since it’s no big deal – yada, yada, yada.

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