I remember in 1995, attending general conference and watching the solemn assembly as Gordon B. Hinckley became the new prophet and president of the church. I remember my dad leaning over to me, saying that I needed to pay attention because this was something really special that you don't see everyday. I remember always believing in the prophet- whoever he might be- and thinking that it was cool to witness a new one being "sworn in". I remember raising my arm to the square to say that I too agreed with God's choice. I then remember President Hinckley standing up and speaking for the first time as president of the church and I remember the feeling I felt and the realization I had that for the first time in my life I was receiving a clear and distinct confirmation from the lord through the holy spirit. I knew Gordon B. Hinckley really truly was a prophet of God. In that moment, I knew. I still know that he was. I loved him. He was the main prophet of my life and I will miss him.
"I have a confession to make, my brothers and sisters. It is simply this: I love you. I love the people of this Church. I love all who are faithful. I love all who follow the ways of the Lord. It is a humbling thing to preside over the Church. I can never forget the words of Jesus: he that would be first among you, let him be the servant of all." -President Gordon B. Hinckley 1910-2008