Gordon Hinckley

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Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910 - January 27, 2008) was the 15th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hinckley served for over 12 years as President of the church, 14 years as counselor in the First Presidency, and 20 years as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

On June 23, 2004, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in the White House. The medal is the highest honor awarded to civilians.

  • "Millions of Americans reserve a special respect for Gordon B. Hinckley, who still works every day as President of the Mormon Church, and who, on this very day, turns 94 years old. Mr. Hinckley is the grandson of Mormon pioneers and has given devoted service to his church since 1935. He's always shown the heart of a servant, and the gifts of a leader. Through his discipline and faithfulness, he has proven a worthy successor to the many fine leaders before him. His church has given him its highest position of trust, and today this wise and patriotic man receives his country's highest civil honor." [1]

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