“President Hinckley Turns 89,” Ensign, Sept. 1999, 77
President Gordon B. Hinckley celebrated his 89th birthday on 23 June with a small reception in the Church Administration Building. “I hope that I have kept the common touch and seen a little humor in life,” he remarked. “We had better see the funny part of life or we are going to miss two-thirds of what it is all about.” Born in 1910 to Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley in Salt Lake City, President Hinckley was set apart as the 15th President of the Church on 12 March 1995. Prior to that, he served almost 14 years as a counselor in the First Presidency, 20 years in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and three years as an Assistant to the Twelve.