I love Elder Wirthlin and have felt a real sense of loss at his passing. I haven't always loved him this much but he has grown on me over the past few years and especially with his last talk in General Conference. He reminded us of 4 things that we needed for a happier life and the statement from his mother "Come what may, and love it".
I've given these things much thought over the past few months -- especially since his was the chosen topic for our church Relief Society meeting which I taught last week.
The thing I loved most was his reminder for us of laughter. We need to laugh more and take things less seriously. He laughed so hard when his daughter mistakenly went out to the car with her supposed 'blind date' to quickly run back into the house when she found that he was actually the man who came to get her younger sister as a babysitter for the evening. I loved that he told us about laughing hard with his family when they made one wrong turn after another on vacation.
I also deeply appreciated his comment on the law of compensation as it is very personal and almost sacred to me (and many others).
"The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude."
I hold on to that hope and know that it is the truth.
I miss Elder Wirthlin and hope that I will be worthy to be with him and many other humble men and women of God, in a coming day.