Gordon B. Hinckley, 15th President and Prophet of the LDS Church

Gordon Bitner Hinckley was the fifteenth prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church. He held that position from March 12, 1995 until January 27, 2008 when he died. He had served in a full-time capacity for the Church since 1958. During his tenure as president of the Church, Hinckley traveled the world extensively and met with many journalists, government officials, civic leaders, and heads of state. At 97 years old, he was the oldest person ever to preside over the Church. For more information, see Beloved Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dies at 97.

Gordon B. Hinckley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 23, 1910, to Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley. He attended the University of Utah where he received a journalism degree. Afterward he served a mission to Great Britain. When he returned from his mission, Gordon B. Hinckley accepted a job with the Church’s public relations department. In 1937, he married Marjorie Pay. They were the parents of five children. They were married for 67 years before her death in 2004. He died in his home at 7 PM on January 27, 2008, of causes incident to age.

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