I'm sure my note will be one of thousands received by your newspaper on the passing of LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley. As one who grew up "among the Mormons" and whose ancestors were part of that great trek westward, it was not until I left Utah almost 20 years ago that I finally found my faith, the faith of my fathers. That change in my life has come about during the years of President Hinckley's leadership.

As I review the remarks of world leaders expressing their condolences, especially those from outside the LDS Church, I am impressed that so many saw in him the traits of a kind and gentle man and a giant of a leader, the same traits that made all of us love him so much. Those same traits can be used to describe the Savior, whose life President Hinckley emulated every day.

Lamonte John

Burke, Va.