Gordon B. Hinckley (1910 - 2008)

President Gordon B. Hinckley passed away January 27, 2008, at the age of 97.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, who led The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through twelve years of global expansion, has died at the age of 97.

President Hinckley was the 15th president in the 177-year history of the Church and had served as its president since 12 March 1995.

The Church president died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m. Sunday night from causes incident to age. Members of his family were at his bedside. A successor is not expected to be formally chosen by the Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until after President Hinckley's funeral within the next few days.

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President Gordon B. Hinckley, world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was ordained and set apart as the 15th President of the Church on Sunday, March 12, 1995. He passed away January 27, 2008, at the age of 97.


President Gordon B. Hinckley's Testimony

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“The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
GORDON B. HINCKLEY, “This Is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 69

President Gordon B. Hinckley Timeline

  • 1910 - 1935

    • 1910 June 23

      Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Bryant S. Hinckley and Ada Bitner

    • 1932 June 4

      Graduated from University of Utah

    • 1933-1935

      Served mission to the British Isles.

    • 1935 August 22

      Began employment as executive secretary of the recently formed Radio, Publicity and Mission Literature Committee of the Church.

      Gordon B Hinckley as a young man

  • 1936 - 1956

    • 1937 April 29

      Married Marjorie Pay.

    • 1937

      Called to Deseret Sunday School Union General Board.

    • 1946

      Called as counselor in the East Millcreek Stake Presidency.

    • 1951

      Appointed general secretary of the General Missionary Committee and assisted in introducing uniform missionary lessons.

    • 1956 October 28

      Called as president of the East Millcreek Stake, a third-generation stake president.

  • 1957 - 1994

    • 1958 6 April

      Sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve.

      President Hinckley at Age 49

    • 1961 October 5

      Ordained an Apostle by President David O. McKay.

    • 1981 July 23

      Called as counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball.

    • 1982 December 2

      Called as second counselor in First Presidency.

    • 1985 November 10

      Called as first counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson.

      1994 June 5

      Age 83 Called as first counselor to President Howard W. Hunter.

  • 1995 - 1998

    • 1995

      • 12 March - Set apart as 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

        President Gordon B. Hinckley

      • 1 April - Sustained by Church members as 15th president of the Church
      • 17–23 June - Held meetings with members in Alaska, the first time a president of the Church has done so
      • 23 September - Read "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" at general Relief Society meeting
      • 13 November - Met with president of the United States at White House to discuss importance of families


      • 6 April - Announced construction of a new meeting hall in Salt Lake City that would hold three to four times more people than Salt Lake Tabernacle
      • 7 April - Interviewed by Mike Wallace of CBS's 60 Minutes
      • 26 May - Dedicated Hong Kong China Temple
    • 1997

      • 4–5 October - Announced plans to begin building smaller temples around the world


      • 14–22 February - Toured five nations in Africa – Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa – speaking to more than 30,000 people; he became first Church president to ever visit West Africa
      • 16 February - Announced plans for temple in Ghana, the first in West Africa
      • 4–5 April - Announced plans to construct an additional 30 smaller temples
      • 8 September - Appeared on CNN's Larry King Live
  • 1999 - 2000

    • 1999

      • 4 April - Made surprise announcement to rebuild Nauvoo Temple
      • 11 September - Dedicated monument honoring memory of 120 people killed in Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 in southern Utah
      • 24 October - Broke ground for reconstruction of Nauvoo Illinois Temple
      • 14 November - Dedicated Halifax Nova Scotia Temple the same day the Regina Saskatchewan Temple was dedicated by President Boyd K. Packer, the first time in Church history two temples were dedicated on the same day
      • 24 December - Interviewed on Larry King Live
    • 2000

      • 22 February - His book Standing for Something: Ten Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes went on sale
      • 27 February - Dedicated Hermosillo Sonora Mexico Temple, the 50th temple he had dedicated or rededicated
      • 1–2 April - Presided over first general conference held in new Conference Center
      • 6 April - Dedicated Palmyra New York Temple; an estimated 1.3 million members participated in the dedication in stake centers in six time zones
      • 11–18 June - Dedicated Fukuoka Japan Temple (June 11), Adelaide Australia Temple (June 15), Melbourne Australia Temple (June 16) and Suva Fiji Temple (June 18), the first time in Church history a president has ever dedicated four overseas temples in one trip
      • 1 October - Dedicated Boston Massachusetts Temple, marking the fulfillment of President Hinckley's goal to have 100 operating temples by the end of the 20th century
      • 8 October - During Sunday morning session of general conference, dedicated 21,000-seat Conference Center as a gathering place for members
      • 12 November - Spoke to more than 21,000 young adults at newly dedicated Conference Center and thousands more around the world via satellite -- the first meeting of its kind

  • 2001 - 2003

    • 2001

      • 31 March - Announced Perpetual Education Fund during priesthood session of general conference
      • 14 September - Appeared on CNN's Larry King Live and delivered message of hope and comfort to citizens of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks
      • 21 September - Along with 27 other religious leaders, attended a private prayer meeting for President George W. Bush at the White House


      • 7 February - Participated in Olympic torch relay
      • 8 February - Met with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush during their visit to Salt Lake City for Olympics
      • 9 February - Met with Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations, during his visit to Salt Lake City for Olympics
      • 13 February - Met with Susanne Riess-Passer, vice chancellor of Austria, during her visit to Salt Lake City for Olympics
      • 22 February - Olympic interview with Tom Brokaw aired on NBC
      • 22 February - Met with German President Johannes Rau during his visit to Salt Lake City for Olympics
      • 8–24 February - Interviewed by NHK, ORF, ARD, NOS and numerous other international and national media organizations
      • 29 April - With Elder Henry B. Eyring, met with Vicente Fox, president of Mexico
      • 20 May - With President James E. Faust, met with Patrick Manning, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago
      • 27 June - Dedicated rebuilt Nauvoo Illinois Temple
      • 9–10 September - Visited Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia, becoming the first Church president to visit those nations


      • 8 February - On the 125th anniversary of the Primary, addressed nearly one million Latter-day Saint children around the world during historic satellite broadcast from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2004 - 2008

    • 2004

      • 11 January - Met with Ghana president John Agyekum Kufuor following the dedication of the Accra Ghana Temple
      • 6 April - President Hinckley's wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, passed away at age 92
      • 23 June - Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the White House


      • 12 March - The First Presidency observes ten years together
      • 2-3 April - President Hinckley delivers a powerful message on gambling during the 175th Annual General Conference
      • 22 May - President Hinckley dedicates the Church's 120th temple in San Antonio, Texas
      • 23 June - President Hinckley celebrates his 95th birthday
      • 31 July - 9 August - Traveled nearly 25,000 miles on a seven-nation tour to Taiwan, Russia, South Korea, China, India, and Africa


      • 31 August - President George W. Bush visited the First Presidency


      • 31 March - Salt Lake Tabernacle opened after a two-year renovation and seismic upgrade
      • 26 June - Announced Church membership has surpassed 13-million
      • 26 June - Announced one-millionth missionary since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized in 1830
      • First Presidency6 October - Announced Elder Henry B. Eyring as Second Counselor in the First Presidency and Elder Quentin L. Cook as new apostle


      • 27 January - Died at his apartment in downtown Salt Lake City at 7:00 p.m.

      Flag at half mast on Temple Square

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Notable Talks

The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain

Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain," Ensign, Nov 2007, 83-86

“Today I stand in wonder at the marvelous things which God revealed to His appointed prophet while he was yet young and largely unknown. The very language of these revelations is beyond the capacity of even a man of great learning.”

Look to the Future

Gordon B. Hinckley, "Look to the Future," Ensign, Nov 1997, 67

“This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass.”

This Is the Work of the Master

Gordon B. Hinckley, "This Is the Work of the Master," Ensign, May 1995, 69

“The time has come for us to stand a little taller, to lift our eyes and stretch our minds to a greater comprehension and understanding of the grand millennial mission of this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

The Work Goes On

Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Work Goes On," Ensign, May 2001, 4

“One of the bellwether marks of the growth and vitality of the Church is the construction of temples. . . . We will keep on working to bring the temples to the people, making it more convenient for Latter-day Saints everywhere to receive the blessings which can only be had in these holy houses.”

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