Friday, August 12, 2011

A Man to Remember

This morning, in a Salt Lake City chapel, seats will overflow with individuals who have come to remember a great man - a man "of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness" (Moroni 7:30). Elder Marion D. Hanks, emeritus general authority for the LDS Church, passed away last week at age 89.

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His granddaughter Kara, my dearest and closest friend, will play the piano. Her sisters will play the cello, flute, and oboe. His daughter Nancy, whom I love like a mother, will speak. Two apostles will speak. And to the splitting of my soul, I will not be there. So I write. To remember a man whose heart and mind changed my life.

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I'm at Segullah today. If you have memories of Elder Hanks, please share them with us. This remarkable man loved God, knew God, and knew how to love like God. His life is worth reading about.

I will miss you Grandpa Hanks.


6 comments:

  1. I read this on Segullah last night and LOVED it!

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  2. I did not realize that you knew Kara before Jerusalem.

    Reading and feeling the spirit of your beautiful tribute not only makes we want to learn more about Elder Hanks, but also makes me want to be more like Elder Hanks.

    Thank you.

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  3. Grandma Honey - thanks for reading sweet lady.

    Candice - Yes. We met in HS. Last week I read several of Elder Hanks' talks. I was particularly touched by He Means Me, The Royal Law, Eternal marriage. He was such a generous, good soul. So focused on love. Thanks for reading Candice. xo

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  4. Thanks for letting me be one of the first to read it! :)xo

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  5. I remember going to his cabin in Provo Canyon in the summer of '91 for a fireside he gave for the staff at Aspen Grove. He made me feel like a friend and always talked with me whenever I saw him after that. --Erin

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