His work with LDS members abroad began decades ago
I was new convert the last time Pres. Hinckley visited the Philippines. I knew
the man just from the missionaries so I didn't attend the celebration. Many
years have passed and I learned many things from this great man. Now, I admire
and love him. He was true servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, he was always
reminding us the teachings of the Savior to "Love the Lord and love our
neighbor". I learned from him that being Christians mean we need to be good but
being Mormons mean "more good" I am so happy and enjoying so much the teachings
of this church. The church is true and we cannot deny it.
I was among a line of missionaries waiting for Pres. Kimball to come out of a
church building in Seoul in 1980, when the door opened and out walked Pres.
Hinckley (then Pres. Kimball's counselor). A hundred cameras clicked
simultaneously, and Pres. Hinckley stopped, gave us all a bemused look and said,
"What ya wasting your film on ME for, Elders?" I cherish that picture.
The Taiwan Saints miss President Hinckley. He was able to travel through here
and dedicate the new Jinhua Chapel in August of 2005. What a wonderful example
to me and my family. We can all learn so much from the life he has lived. I am
a better person today because of the example he has set. We love you President
Hinckley. Your love has been felt by all.
At our last conference when the President spoke I said to my son this might be
his last speech and I cannot miss this for nothing. And so it was, he was the
most humble person i have ever met when he came to New York City a couple of
years back, What a blessing it was. Now he is exalted I know that.
He is indeed the Father of the Church in the Philippines and in Asia. We love
him dearly and he will surely be missed by the Filipino saints. We were kinda
hoping to see him next year for the dedication of the Cebu temple.In 2011 the Philippines will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee. 50 years ago
he dedicated this land for missionary work, the real miracle of the Church in
the Philippines is coming very soon!!!
We live in Seoul, Korea, and were privileged to be here in late July, 2005, when
Pres. Hinckley visited the huge celebration of 50 years of the LDS Church in
Korea, and 200th birthday anniversary of Prophet Joseph Smith. We
witness every day, first hand, the amazing results of the influence of this
remarkable man, as he served for decades in church leadership capacities,
visiting in Korea and many other Asian countries. He is larger than
life among the Korean Saints, and we all have felt his positive, inspiring
example among the 85,000 Korean LDS here. We mourn together, but we are better
saints because of his powerful life and service. God be with us all till we meet
We are happy he is once again with his wife.
I live in the Philippines and attend a ward with 200 active members. I am part
of a stake with 2000 active, happy members. There is a temple 2 miles from my
home in Manila and another being built in Cebu. We have visited the temple in
nearby Hong Kong and have attended branch meetings in Shanghai. The church is
alive and well in Asia thanks to this great, great man. I thank God for this
We will miss him dearly.