Because of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, I know that Kermit and I will once again be together and resurrected in both body and spirit. Likely before that great day, I will join him in the world of spirits as part of the army of messengers “clothed with power and authority, and commissioned ... to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that (are) in darkness, even to all the spirits of men ... to declare the acceptable day of the Lord and proclaim liberty to the captives who (are) bound ...” (see Doctrine and Covenants 138:30-31). I look forward to that reunion with Bishop Nichols.
In his first general epistle, written to "the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,” the Apostle Peter, describing the Savior, wrote: “for ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25). Like unto Christ, Kermit Bolton Nichols was a great and loving shepherd and bishop unto me.
May God be with us until we meet again!
Attorney Keith N. Hamilton, an adjunct professor at BYU law school and former chair of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, served as an LDS bishop in San Francisco. He is author of "Last Laborer: Thoughts and Reflections of a Black Mormon."
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