About Gordon B. Hinckley
Publication Date: Aug 18, 2009
Gordon Bitner Hinckley was born into a religiously dedicated and culturally refined
family on June 23, 1910. His parents were both educators - a college president and
an English teacher - who helped infuse Gordon with a love of learning. He grew up
as a voracious reader, in a home with a library filled with more than a thousand volumes
of literary, historical, and philosophical works.
Gordon graduated from LDS High School in 1928, and eagerly continued his studies at
the University of Utah. Over the next four years he focused his studies on English
Literature, and successfully completed an undergraduate degree in June 1932.
After graduating from the University of Utah, he was called to serve a mission to
Great Britain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and upon his return
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.
On March 12, 1995, he was called and set apart as the 15th President of the LDS Church.
For this time until his death more than 13 years later, he was revered and loved as
Prophet and Seer by 15 million members of the LDS Church. His amazing ecclesiastical
legacy includes directing the most intense temple building program in the history
of the LDS Church, as well as opening doors and enhancing the public image of the
through television interviews and national press publications. He exhibited vitality
and energy as he has traveled about the world meeting and speaking to members of the
Throughout his long and amazingly influential life, President Gordon B. Hinckley sustained
a passion for learning and literature - a legacy now carried forward by his family.
When one of his granddaughters was a freshman in college, he gave to her his much-read
and loved copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, and encouraged her to use it
well in her own academic pursuits. She now retains this as a treasured reminder of
the love her grandfather had for learning and for literature.