One of the people I want to be when I grow up


Photo by Scot Facer Proctor

I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.

I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.

I want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing Sister Schenk’s lawn.

I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor’s children.

I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.

I want to be there with the children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.

I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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11 thoughts on “One of the people I want to be when I grow up

  1. She is so awesome. Love that quote. It reminds me that I should be getting a little dirtier because of service!! Thanks for sharing. (and the picture’s not showing up for me, either)

    I have a video of Wives and Daughters of the First Presidency and she is just fabulous. Everybody already knows this, but the video just shows so clearly how CUTE and smart and easy going and HILARIOUS she is. It’s like a comedy show. Seriously. She’s awesome.

  2. Can’t see the picture, but see who the photographer is I think I know which one it is. It is of Sister Hickley and if my memory serves me right, it is a close up of her with a pink collar.

    I too, adore and aspire to be like her. My Dad, his brothers and sisters grew up with Hinckley kids. One day while at a Stake Conference Temple night, we had the opportunity to hear from the temple presdiency. As I looked at the Matron of the temple, she looked familiar. That glow about her, the smile. As I listened more intently and studied her, it was Kathleen Hinckley Walker. Yes indeed, it was the daughter of our prophet!

    I personally had never met any of the family, but felt an instant connection, and just like her mother, she made me feel special. The lesson I learned that night is . . . a mother’s influence is seen and felt for generations.

    I hope to someday leave my mark in someones heart just as Sister Hinckley has on mine.

  3. Oh I love Sister Hinckley so much! I had a lot of fun at dinner the other night, thanks for arranging it! Did you and Shantel get into the class about Emma? I looked for you but didn’t see you come in?

  4. Aw, this is just GREAT! (Picture just fine over here.) I think the thing that amazes me about her was how willing she was to let her husband go and serve. The fact that she was okay if he was gone for months in Asia for Church service. That she never held him back. Sometimes I inwardly grumble when my husband can’t get home for Sunday dinner, for cryin’ out loud. It seems like he always has one more meeting and one more interview. But I try to think of her and remember her and that I must be the first to sustain my husband in his calling.

    Thanks for sharing, Steph. 🙂

  5. Oh yes.. You gotta love Sis. Hinckley. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve really began noticing Sis Hinckley quotes popping up here and there.. But I’m learning that she was most definitely a remarkable lady. I wanna be like her too!

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