Gordon Bitner Hickley was ordained and set apart as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, March 12, 1995. He had earlier 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. President Hinckley was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 5, 1961. On July 23, 1981, he was called into the First Presidency to serve as Counselor and on December 2, 1982, was named Second Counselor to President Spencer W. Kimball. He served as First Counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson from November 1985 to May 30, 1994. On June 5, 1994, he was called as the First Counselor to President Howard W. Hunter. He was also ordained and set apart as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
President Hinckley died January 27, 2008, at the age of 97.
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