Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Life of Mormon church President Hinckley

Life of Mormon church President Hinckley
By JENNIFER DOBNER - Associated Press Writer --

SALT LAKE CITY --Timeline of the life of Gordon B. Hinckley, the 15th
president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt
Lake City:

June 23, 1910 - Hinckley born to Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley in
Salt Lake City.

April 28, 1919 - Baptized at age 8 into the Mormon church.

June 4, 1932 - Graduates from the University of Utah with degree in arts.

June 1933-35 - Serves a church mission based in London.

August 22, 1935 - Hired as executive secretary of the first Church
Radio, Publicity and Mission Literature Committee.

April 29, 1937 - Marries Marjorie Pay in the Salt Lake temple.

1943 - Leaves church employment for position as assistant
superintendent of Salt Lake City Union Depot and Railroad Company;
moves to Denver in 1944.

1945 - Returns to Salt Lake City and resumes church employment.

1951 - Called as executive secretary of church's General Missionary
Committee to assist in creating uniform missionary lessons.

April 6, 1958 - Called as assistant to Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

April 1961 - Called as member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

July 23, 1981 - Called as second counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball.

December 2, 1982 - Called as a second counselor to President Kimball
after reorganization of First Presidency.

November 10, 1985 - Called as first counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson.

June 5, 1994 - Called as president of the Quorum of the Twelve and
first counselor to President Howard W. Hunter.

March 12, 1995 - Ordained as president of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints.

Nov. 13, 1995 - Meets with U.S. President Bill Clinton and Vice
President Al Gore at the White House.

Sept. 23, 1995 - Issues "The Family: A Proclamation to the World," a
statement of Mormon family values.

May 19, 1996 - Dedicates Hong Kong, China Temple. First of 76 temples
to be dedicated during his presidency.

Nov. 2, 1996 - Announces establishment of Latter-day Saints Charities,
beginning the delivery of humanitarian aid worldwide.

February 14-22, 1998 - Makes first visit by a church president to West Africa.

March 31, 2001 - Announces creation of Perpetual Education Fund, to
assist returned missionaries with financing higher education.

Sept. 9-10, 2002 - Becomes first Mormon church president to visit
Russia and Ukraine.

April 4, 2004 - Marjorie Pay Hinckley dies.

June 23, 2004 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President
George W. Bush.

December 2005 - Marks the 200th anniversary of birth of church founder
Joseph Smith with visit to Smith's Vermont birthplace.

January 2006 - Hospitalized for removal of a cancerous portion of his
large intestine.

March 31, 2007 - Reopens Salt Lake Tabernacle after two-year
renovation and seismic improvements.

June 26, 2007 - Announces church membership had surpassed 13 million.

Jan. 27, 2008 - Dies of complications arising from old age.

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