Sunday, January 27, 2008

In Memoriam

Gordon B. Hinckley

Basic Facts Birth Date: June 23, 1910 Years as President: 1995– 2008
“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.”

Biographical Sketch: Born in Salt Lake City on June 23, 1910, Gordon B. Hinckley was prepared from his youth to be a prophet. After graduating from the University of Utah, he was called to serve a mission to Great Britain. After he returned, he embarked on a lifetime of service for the Church. He was employed as the executive secretary of the Church Radio, Publicity, and Literature committee, before he was called to be an Apostle in 1961. He was later called to serve as a counselor to President Kimball, President Benson, and President Hunter. Since becoming Church President on March 12, 1995, he has directed the most intense temple building program in the history of the Church in an effort to extend temple blessings to more members. He has exhibited vitality and energy as he has traveled about the world meeting and speaking to members of the Church. Through television interviews and national press publications, he has increased media attention and improved the public image of the Church. He has counseled Church members to fellowship new converts, befriend members of other faiths, live exemplary lives, and avoid the evils of the world. --http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/presidents/controllers/potcController.jsp?leader=15&topic=facts

What an amazing example to all.

3 comments:

Sarah Goodsell said...

Thanks for the post:) Thanks also for being a friend and exampl to me!

Hacking it up said...

i sure do love that guy! I am sad for all of us he leaves here, but I am so excited for him to be with his sweetie again!

Eric the Husband said...

Wow, I can't look at that picture without feeling all warm inside. I loved and "connected" with him like he was my grandpa in a way, but I always respected him and knew he was called of God. I will especially miss his conference talks, as I have had several powerful spiritual experiences listening to them. Okay, I think I better stop, I'm going to start crying. We love you Gordon B. Hinkley!