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President Hinckley marks 90th birthday

President Gordon B. Hinckley observed his 90th birthday Friday, June 23, addressing new mission presidents and their wives, attending his birthday celebration in the Conference Center and spending time with his family.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1910, to Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley, President Hinckley was ordained and set apart as the 15th president of the Church on March 12, 1995. He had previously served 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, 20 years in the Quorum of the Twelve and three years as an Assistant to the Twelve. Except for a short period during World War II — when he worked for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Salt Lake City and then in Denver, Colo. — President Hinckley has been a General Authority or worked as an employee of the Church on a full-time basis since completing his mission to the British Isles in 1935.

President Hinckley's presidency has been characterized by the rapid pace at which the Church has constructed temples and by his desire to get out among the Latter-day Saints around the world. As president of the Church, he has circled the globe, speaking to literally millions of Church members.

President Hinckley celebrated his birthday with his wife, the former Marjorie Pay — whom he married April 29, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple — his five children, and many of his 25 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

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