Gordon B. Hinckley, leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away Sunday. He was seen by millions of Mormons as a prophet, whose words were wise, divinely-inspired council to be followed.
I’m reminded of a day ten years ago in Zimbabwe. Peggy Stack and I were following Hinckley across Africa. I was standing on an airstrip weighed down with four cameras and a ragged crew cut. Hinckley took a long look at me and said, “You’d be much happier if you’d put those cameras away.”
Now that he’s gone I’ll never be able to ask: Was that a prophecy, or just a joke?