Gordon Bitner Hinckley (June 23, 1910--January 27, 2008) was a religious leader and author who served as the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from March 12, 1995 until his death. Considered a prophet, seer, and revelator by church members, Hinckley was the oldest person to preside over the church in its history. Hinckley's presidency was noted for the building of temples, with more than half of existing temples being built under his leadership. He also oversaw the reconstruction of the historic Nauvoo Illinois Temple and the building of the 21,000 seat Conference Center. During his tenure, the Proclamation on the Family was issued and the Perpetual Education Fund was established. At the time of Hinckley's death, approximately one-third of the church's membership had joined the church under Hinckley's leadership.
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