[photopress:Hinckley_Funeral_308.jpg,thumb,pp_style]Perhaps the best way to remember President Hinckley is to let him speak for himself. Here is the testimony he gave April 1, 2006, at the Sunday morning session of the 176th Annual World General Conference:
“I hope that all of you will remember that on this Sabbath day you heard me bear my witness that this is God’s holy work. The vision given the Prophet Joseph in the grove of Palmyra was not an imaginary thing. It was real. It occurred in the broad light of day. Both the Father and the Son spoke to the boy. He saw Them standing in the air above him. He heard Their voices.
He gave heed to Their instruction.
“It was the resurrected Lord who was introduced by His Father, the great God of the universe. For the first time in recorded history, both the Father and the Son appeared together to part the curtains and open this, the last and final dispensation, the dispensation of the fullness of times.
“The Book of Mormon is all that it purports to be—a work recorded by prophets who lived anciently and whose words have come forth “to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (Book of Mormon title page).
“The priesthood has been restored under the hands of John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John. All the keys and authority pertaining to eternal life are exercised in this Church.
“Joseph Smith was and is a prophet, the great Prophet of this dispensation. This Church, which carries the name of the Redeemer, is true.
“I leave you my testimony, my witness, and my love for each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
The Hinckley Challenge
To honor President Hinckley, one member decided to create the Hinckley Challenge. Currently over 31,000 people have registered on www.hinckleychallenge.com to read the Book of Mormon in 97 days, representing President Hinckley’s 97 years as well as his counsel to study the Book of Mormon.
For those reading along with the Gospel Doctrine Lesson Schedule, you are still in a good spot to join! The challenge officially began February 4th, and ends May 10th. Join the challenge and strengthen your testimony in honor of our prophet.