A Prophet for All the World: Glimpses into the Life of President Spencer W. Kimball

As editors of the Church News, we had the opportunity of traveling widely with President Spencer W. Kimball. From 30 December 1973, when he became the prophet, we followed him through forty countries on six continents. During his twelve years as President of the Church, he traveled well over half-a-million miles. From what we saw of him both in public and private, we testify that he was truly a prophet for all the world. The most notable thing about President Kimball was his love for others. No matter where he traveled, he reached out. At the end of conferences, he would often look at the congregation and say, “I want to shake hands with everyone.” This was his way of saying, “I love you; you are important to me.”

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 25:4
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