Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced this evening that Church President Gordon B. Hinckley has passed off. He passed off at his house about 7:00 this evening with his household at his position. President Hinckley was 97 years older. He was the 15th president of the Church. Born in Salt Lake City on June 23, 1910; he graduated from the University of Utah and served a mission to Great Britain. After he returned, he embarked on a life 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 subsequently called to do as a counsellor to President Spencer W. Kimball, President Ezra Taft Benson and President Howard W. Hunter. Since becoming Church President on Mar. 12, 1995, he has directed the almost fierce synagogue construction plan in the story of the Church in an attempt to stretch synagogue blessings to much members.
He has exhibited energy and vitality as he has traveled about the reality encounter and speaking to members of the Church. Through video interviews and domestic press publications, he has increased media care and improved the national picture of the Church. He has counseled Church members to fellowship original converts, befriend members of new faiths, survive typical lives, and avert the evils of the reality. Funeral arrangements probably will be talked about in the next 24 hours. It's protocol to permit church leaders and household members to go jointly to intend the funeral. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now leading the church. That system will select the next leader of the religion. By custom, it is the elderly member, and that is President Thomas S. Monson, who has been President Hinckley's First Counselor.