Hinckley children had secure youth

Virginia H. Pearce can describe her youth as the daughter of President Gordon B. Hinckley in one word: "secure."

She said her father always was home from work in time to have dinner with his family. Each year the Hinckley children looked forward to the annual 4th of July parade in Salt Lake City's Millcreek area; for years, President Hinckley organized the parade.

And every year the family took a vacation, usually to a national park. "It was the only time we went out of town," Sister Pearce said.

On one occasion, President Hinckley took his three oldest children and several of their cousins to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, Nev. Sister Hinckley stayed home with a new baby.

Along the way, as was the case with every family vacation, she said her father "stopped at all the historical markers and he told us the whole story."

Sister Pearce said it wasn't until reading her father's biography Go Forward with Faith that she realized the great magnitude of work he did for the Church as an employee and later as a General Authority.

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