“Three things tell a man: his eyes, his friends and his favorite quotes.”
Gordon B. Hinckley (American Clergyman)
Date of Birth:
June 23, 1910
Date of Death:
January 27, 2008
Gordon Bitner Hinckley was an American religious leader who served as the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 12, 1995 until his death. He was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history. As president of the church, he was considered by its members to be a prophet, seer, and revelator.
Hinckley's presidency was noted for the building of new temples, including a reconstruction of the historic Nauvoo Illinois Temple, the building of the 20,000 seat Conference Center, the issuance of the Proclamation on the Family, and the creation of the church's Perpetual Education Fund. Hinckley dedicated more LDS Church temples than anyone else, dedicating more than half of the current temples. At the time of Hinckley's death, approximately one-third of the church's membership had joined the church under Hinckley's leadership. As president of the church, Hinckley was also chairman of the Church Board of Education and Board of Trustees that governs the Church Educational System.