Why Bishop Causeé Keeps a $10 Bill From President Hinckley in His Scriptures

Bishop Gérald Causeé keeps an unusual item in his scriptures—a $10 bill. 

“If I were to ask, ‘What is the value of this bill?’ most people would say, ‘Ten dollars.’ But for me, it’s worth far more,” Bishop Causeé shares in a recent article in the Liahona. “This bill was worth 10 dollars, but for me, it’s priceless now. It’s a memory of a moment I had with a prophet of God.”

When Bishop Causeé, Presiding Bishop, served as a stake president in Paris, France, he was assigned to drive President Gordon B. Hinckley to his visits. One of the visits included a visit to a United States military cemetery where President Hinckley’s brother, who died of influenza during World War I, was buried.

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President Hinckley arrived and immediately wanted to go to the cemetery.

“Unfortunately, I had arranged with the director to go there the next day, so when we arrived, it was closed and nobody was there,” Bishop Causeé writes.

The next day filled up with meetings and they ran out of time to go to the cemetery.

“I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to go to the cemetery,” President Hinckley told Bishop Causeé, handing him a $10 bill. “I would be very grateful if you could buy flowers and put them on my brother’s grave.”

The next Sunday afternoon, Bishop Causeé took his family to the grave and left the flowers. They took a picture and sent it to President Hinckley.

“In our lives, there are a lot of things that have a very finite, temporal value,” Bishop Causeé writes. “. . .But the value of every minute of life here on earth has a tremendous impact that goes beyond this life into the eternities.”


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Lead image by Spencer Heaps, Deseret News

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail or at her piano. 

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