I couldn't help but lay there last night in bed feeling so incredibly sad! I am in awe that there are billions of people in the world who really have no idea that the most important man on the entire earth had just passed. What a void all these people have in their lives not knowing that God still speaks to man through a prophet! The one man closest to God and our Savior has just left the earth to meet his dear wife and loved ones.
I know many feel a personal connection to Pres. Hinckley -- as I did. He and I shared the same birthday (though obviously many years apart). I think many of my testimony building years have been during his great service as a prophet and counselor. I remember when Pres. Benson died and feeling so sad about that also! I was speaking on the phone to Brent Ulfers that night and he just couldn't understand why I was so moved by the death of someone I really didn't know. What he didn't understand is that our prophets are God's mouthpiece. Watching them, listening to them, and following them is following Him-- our Heavenly Father. It's a feeling of knowing the Savior and realizing how much he really cares for us. How blessed we all are to know we are His children.