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    I have a lot of friends and professional colleagues who are LDS. Last night the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints died at the age of 97. I just wanted to give my condolences to any Mormons who maybe in any of the communities here at WMexperts, Smartphone Experts, TreoCentral, Crackberry, or Phone Different.


    Mormon Church President Gordon B. Hinckley Dead at 97

    Utah's leaders and believers mourned the death of Gordon B. Hinckley, the humble head of the Mormon church......Hinckley, the 15th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday of complications arising from old age, church spokesman Mike Otterson said. He was 97.....Hinckley, a grandson of Mormon pioneers, was president for nearly 13 years. He took over as president and prophet on March 12, 1995, and oversaw one of the greatest periods of expansion in church history. The number of temples worldwide more than doubled, from 49 to more than 120 and church membership grew from about 9 million to about 13 million.

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    Hinckley had been diagnosed with diabetes and was hospitalized in January 2006 for the removal of a cancerous growth in his large intestine. He later resumed a regular work schedule and his last public appearance was Jan. 4

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    Born June 23, 1910, in Salt Lake City, Hinckley graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in arts and planned to attend graduate school in journalism. Instead, a church mission took him to the British Isles.

    Upon his return, he became executive director of the newly formed Church Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee at $60 a month. Hinckley always worked for the church, except for a brief stint during World War II as a railroad agent.

    He began his leadership role in 1995 by holding a rare news conference, citing growth and spreading the Mormon message as the church's main challenge heading into the 21st century.

    Hinckley's grandfather knew church founder Joseph Smith and followed leader Brigham Young west to the Great Salt Lake Basin. He often spoke of the Mormon heritage of pioneer sacrifice and its importance as a model for the modern church.

    "I think as long as history lasts there will be an interest in the roots of this work, a very deep interest," Hinckley said in a 1994 interview with the AP.

    "Because insofar as the people of the church are concerned, without a knowledge of those roots and faith in the validity of those roots, we don't have anything," he said.

    Hinckley was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, whom he married in 1937. She died in 2004.

    Survivors include five children, all in the Salt Lake City area: Kathleen Barnes, Richard Gordon Hinckley, Virginia Pearce, Clark Bryant Hinckley and Jane Dudley. He also had dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    "His life was a true testament of service, and he had an abiding love for others," said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican and fellow Mormon. "His wit, wisdom, and exemplary leadership will be missed by not only members of our faith, but by people of all faiths throughout the world."

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    Thanks, Hobbes. I won't speak for all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), but as for me, it's a bitter-sweet day. Gordon B. Hinckley was truly a wonderful man and for many of us in the church, he was someone we have been acquainted with our whole lives. His sense of humor, warmth and love were his hallmarks. As much as we will miss him, I can't imagine the joy he must feel to be reunited with his wife and loved ones on the other side.

    Thanks again for your thoughtfulness and condolences.
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    Thank you, Hobbes! It was sweet of you to think of us. I'd never met President Hinckley, but I loved listening to him speak at general conference, and other televised events. I'll miss him.

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