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Monday, January 28, 2008

Mormon prophet Gordon B. Hinckley dies at 97.

The charming, media-savvy president of the LDS Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, died yesterday at 97. If you'd like a good introduction to his career and to the adoration he inspired among Mormons and the respect he engendered among many non-Mormons, read this Salt Lake Tribune profile by Peggy Fletcher Stack: "Gordon B. Hinckley: A lifetime of faithful service" (1.28.08).

Politicos will be interested to note that Mitt Romney will take a break from his presidential campaign to attend Hinckley's funeral in Utah. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who is LDS, will attend the funeral, too.

Update 1.29.08: More Hinckley profiles: Laurie Goodstein (New York Times 1.28.08), William Lobdell (Los Angeles Times 1.28.08). Salt Lake Unitarian minister Tom Goldsmith praises Hinckley's openness to other points of view as "light years ahead of the general Mormon population." The next LDS Church president will be Thomas Monson.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 28 January 2008 at 8:41 PM

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