Got word that Gordon B. Hinckley, the president of our church, passed away tonight at 97 years old. He's been the president since I joined the church in 1996, so it'll be interesting to see what new leadership brings. This is somewhat akin to a pope passing away for Mormons. It's not a time for sadness, though- he led a full life, did great work, and influenced the lives of countless people, Mormon and not. Now his work is done, and he's been called home. He was a wonderful example of how to live, from his kind words and impish sense of humor to his relationships with his wife and family; his quiet but firm leadership and the way hearing him speak just made you want to "do better".
God's speed, President Hinckley. Hope to meet you one day.