President Hinckley will host 90th-birthday celebration

SALT LAKE CITY — President Gordon B. Hinckley will mark his 90th birthday in "An Evening of Celebration" in the new Conference Center on Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

President Hinckley said, "At my age I wish for nothing other than good health and the friendship of good people. I desire no gifts, but rather I wish to give something to this community in which I have spent most of my life. To this end I am hosting a party."

When recently asked about his secret to staying so vigorous, President Hinckley replied in his trademark humor, "The idea that I try to follow is to go to bed every night and be sure to get up in the morning."

President Hinckley will be joined at the celebration by his wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, and other family members and friends.

The musical evening will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Orchestra at Temple Square as well as Metropolitan Opera soloists and distinguished local musicians. They will perform well-loved musical selections such as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Danny Boy."

"An Evening of Celebration" will be broadcast live over the Church satellite system to stake centers throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. It is scheduled to be rebroadcast to European stake centers on Saturday morning.

A limited number of tickets will also be available at no cost to the general public at locations in Provo, Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. Ticket distribution locations will be announced through the news media the first week of June.

President Hinckley became the 15th President of the Church on Sunday, March 12, 1995. Earlier, he had served 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, and as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 20 years prior to that.

Under his leadership, the Church has grown from 9 million to almost 11 million members, and from 2,033 stakes to 2,550 stakes. During the last five years, he has traveled throughout the world dedicating new temples and on other Church matters. Before the end of this year, more than 100 temples will be operating with more under construction.

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