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Gordon Bitner Hinckley

Information regarding President Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Apostle number: 82
  • Quorum of the Twelve number: 75
  • Date of birth: June 23, 1910
  • Place of birth:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  October 5, 1961
  • Age when ordained apostle:  51 years 3 months
  • End of apostolic service:  January 27, 2008
  • Total apostolic years:  46 years 3 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  October 5, 1961
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  19 years 9 months
  • Date called as President of the Church: March 12, 1995
  • Age when called as President:  84 years 8 months
  • Tenure as President of the Church:  12 years 10 months
  • Date of death:  January 27, 2008
  • Age at death:  97 years 7 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  President Hinckley was the nephew of Alonzo A. Hinckley, an earlier apostle.  President Hinckley was a temple-building president, and he conceived the idea of ‘smaller’ temples for areas with smaller numbers of saints.  He oversaw the building of the new Nauvoo Temple, and also of the new Conference Center on Temple Square.  Amazingly, he was awarded 10 different honorary doctorate degrees.  He served as a counselor to Presidents Kimball, Benson, and Hunter.
  • Inspirational quotes:  ““Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.”  “Try a little harder to be a little better.”  “True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one’s companion.”

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