“We don’t have to find them. They are already there”

There is an “In Memoriam: President Gordon B. Hinckley 1910–2008” booklet that we will be getting with the Ensign that has been put up on the Church web site. If you visit the Funeral Services for President Gordon B. Hinckley page, you can download the PDF.


Out of all of the wonderful things that were said at the funeral, the thing that really stuck out to me was from Boyd K. Packer. At about the 1 hour mark of the funeral (the last paragraph on page 25 of the In Memoriam booklet), he was talking about how President Hinckley did not ask for the callings that came his way, but he did not shy away from them either.

In one of the earliest revelations, the Lord said, “That every man might speak in the name of God the Lord,even the Savior of the world” (D&C 1:20) that “the weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones” (D&C 1:19).

With the Church growing very rapidly worldwide, we often go to distant places to organize or reorganize a unit of the Church. We are sometimes asked, “Where on earth will you find the new leaders?” We do not have to find them. They are already there, just as Gordon B. Hinckley was there. The Lord provides them. They are serving faithfully and paying for the privilege in tithes and offerings.

In a separate ordinance following baptism, members of the Church have conferred upon them the Holy Ghost, which the scriptures explain will “teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance” (John 14:26). The Holy Ghost is the Inspirer. Inspiration is always there, if you learn to live with it and for it.

I love the part where he said, “We do not have to find them. They are already there.” What a great way to describe the way the Church is run! I am currently the bishop of my ward. I have no special training to be a bishop, but I love the Lord and the church and I want to help in any way I can. At various times members of my family have been Sunday School teachers, counselor in a bishopric, primary teacher, counselor in a stake presidency, primary music leader, high councilor, Relief Society president, bishop, Sunday program/bulletin coordinator, counselor in a Relief Society presidency, and more. We serve where we are asked to serve, and we pray that the Spirit truly will be “the Inspirer” and help us follow God’s will.

Published by Graham

Former YM President, EQ President, Bishop, and Stake Institute Teacher. Now back to being the YM President. Happily married to Lisa, with 3 beautiful children.

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