Thank you Brian for publishing that comment. I am currently transcribing a
devotional in which that "quote" by Elder Packer was included. As I searched for
a source, I could not find one and am gtareful that you posted it as invalid. We
as members of the church really need to be careful not to let the "Mormon
Doctrine" such as "He never said it would be easy, he only said it would be
worth it" not to be attributed falsely as true doctrine.
In response to Elder Van Alexei Ballesteros. From the article published on April
28, 2001 titled "Pres. Packer refutes quote"-----President Boyd K.
Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, has released the following
concerning a statement he is said to have made:"We continue to
receive reports of the distribution of a quote attributed to me which begins,
'The youth of the Church today were generals in the war in heaven,' and ends
with the statement that when they return to heaven 'all in attendance will bow
in your presence.'"I did not make that statement. I do not believe
that statement."The statement, on occasion, has been attributed to
others of the First Presidency and the Twelve. None of the Brethren made that
statement."President Packer has sent a letter to mission presidents
requesting their help in clarifying this matter among missionaries and members,
and has had posted on some Internet sites carrying the statement a notice that
he did not make this declaration.-----
A Wonderful Prophet and Servant of our Heavenly Father. President Gordon B.
Hinckley was a very kind,compassionate,loving,loyal,trustworthy,considerate,truthfull,honorable man of
Integrity.He was and will always be my brother andI and many other's
love him and will miss him,but it is a comfort to know thathe is with his
loving wife Marjorie whom he missed and loved so dearly. I never actually met
him in person,but I have heard him speak at General Conference's and read the
Ensign magazine's with talk's in it that he gave. I believe that one day I will
get to meet him and all of the great loyal Prophet's like Joseph Smith Jr. and
all who served after him,and many other men and womenwho have served God.
President Hinckleywas a true Prophet of God as was all ofthe
Prophet's that served God in theirtime and was the leader of the Restored
Gospel of Jesus Christ,our Lord,Savior,and Redeemer. I know that The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's is thetrue Church and Gospel
of Jesus Christ.The Holy Bible,and Book of Mormon aretrue. Of these
truth's I Testify in thename of Jesus Christ Amen.
I remember what Elder Boyd K. Packer once said:You were in the war
in Heaven and one day when you are in the Spirit World you will be enthralled
with those who you are associated with. You will ask someone in which time
period he lived in and you might hear: I was with Moses when he parted the Red
Sea, or I helped build the Pyramids, or I fought with Captain Moroni. As you
were there in amazement, someone will turn to you and ask, Which prophets time
did you live in?, and when you say, Gordon B. Hinckley, a hush will fall over
every hall, every corridor in heaven and all in attendance will bow at your
presence. You were held back six thousand years because you were the most
talented, most obedient, most courageous, and most righteous. Are you still?
Remember who you are.
When I hear Gordan B. Hinkley's name I think of the best Prophet that has walked
the earth. He spent his days on earth very well and gave his full effort. He
hade a great sense of humor and love. He is finally with his wife right now and
will be placed in the highest glory. He has been the Prophet ever since I have
been alive and I am glad to have grown up with him being the Prophet. He has
had the most Temples built than any other Prophet. I am so thankful for him and
his teachings and I will miss him so very much as so will a lot of other people.
I have only seen him once but he was visiting his wifes grave. Even though I
have only seen him once, I feel as though I have known him personally throught
my whole life on earth. He is so loving and caring that it is so hard that he
has passed. I will always remember 1-27-08. At my school today a lot of
people wore Sunday Best. I leave with these words and I also know that Gordan
B. Hinkley will always be Remembered!
To echo the words of Elder John Taylor when describing the Prophet Joseph Smith,
we can apply the same words to Gordon B Hinckley. Under his leadership and
lifelong service to the church, Gordon B Hinckley, the Prophet and Seer of the
Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men and women in this
world...he has dotted the world with temples, issued the Family Proclamation,
sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel to all corners of the earth through
the use of internet, tv, all all types of media. He lived great and died great
in the eyes of God and his people. He left a fame and name that cannot be
slain. May the Lord crown you with eternal glory President Hinckley! Until we
shall meet again in the kingdom of our Father!
I am so grateful for President Hinckley's life and service to us, the members of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm grateful to him for serving
the community at large by being a truly Christian example(yes Mormons are
Christian), and for sharing the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with
positivity, with kindness and great love and even a sense of humor when
appropriate. I am grateful for the Temples he helped build, and in particular
for the 100th temple which is in Boston so that my husband and I are more
readily able to attend. President Hinckley's life and testimony has strengthened
my own and for that I am grateful. I'm happy he is able to return to be with his
eternal companion Marjorie and our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ
after so many years of service. He has been a great President of our church and
a True living Prophet of God and probably wanted to go to our Eternal Home for
a little rest. This church is True and will be led by divine inspiration to a
new True Prophet to lead us for the years ahead.
When I heard of his passing one of my first thoughts was of my family and how
this great man has helped me bring them closer to God. We will never forget his
humble loving service. May we strive to follow his example.
When I heard the news of President Hinckley's passing my first thought was how
much the members of the Church and those who knew the Prophet will miss him. My
second thought was how happy he must be to be with his beloved wife, Marjorie.
Our love and prayers go to President Hinckley's family, the 12 Apostles and
their families and to the entire membership of the Church. He was a great
prophet and will always be remembered for his vitality, the temples built during
his watch, and his wonderful sense of humor.