My co-worker just stopped by to express condolences on the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley. This would be thoughtful from any one of my non-Mormon colleagues, but it's particularly touching because this co-worker is (among many other fascinating facets of her life) lesbian. It would be easy for her to assume that I'm against her because of my faith. Wrong, but easy and understandable. She doesn't make that assumption. I'm grateful for that.
I hope this expression of her respect and caring for me is an indication that I have shown respect and caring for her. I do try. I feel now like I want to try even more. ("Be a little better," in the words of our late beloved prophet.)
It seems to me like an appropriate way to remember a leader who made many amazing changes to the Church - and express my hope that more changes are yet to come.