Gordon B. Hinckley, The Living Memory of a Churchman

Gordon B. Hinckley was a churchman. He readily acknowledged that his perspective was a reflection of his upbringing, his training, the virtues and principles in which he believed and his personal observations. He was born in the United States on June 23, 1910 to loving and God-fearing parents in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was married to Ms. Marjorie Pay in 1937. He was ordained the world leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1995 and died in 2008 of old-age.

Gordon B. Hinckley
Gordon B. Hinckley visited over 150 countries – photo credits: wikimedia

Aside from being the 15th president of LDS church, Gordon B. Hinckley was a remarkable writer and author too. He was the author of a national bestseller book called Standing for Something which was originally published in hardcover by Times Book in 2000 and by Three Rivers Press, New York, New York with International Serial Business Number (ISBN) 0-609-80725-0.

Gordon B. Hinckley died of old-age

Yes. Gordon B. Hinckley really loved America. He died of old-age on his homeland at Salt Lake City, Utah, United States at the age of 97 on January 27, 2008 surrounded by his five children: Kathleen, Richard, Virginia, Clark and Jane. He left the world with great achievements. Yes. He has gone and yet, still, he is living with his book Standing for Something, that I admired so greatly.

Standing for Something Gordon’s living memory

The contents of the book were written in two parts. The first part was about the Ten Neglected Virtues and part two was about The Guardian of Virtues as the author described them as Marriage and Family. Gordon said, “The health of any society, the happiness of its people, their prosperity and peace, all find their roots in the strength and stability of the family. And marriage requires nurture and time and very much effort.

Standing for Something breathes profound wisdom

Gordon B. Hinckley Standing for Something
Gordon B. Hinckley Standing for Something

Anyone who reads the book will be inspired. According to Stephen R. Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People described the book Standing for Something as “Every chapter breathes profound wisdom, insight and optimism. It was articulated by one of the inspired leaders of our day – these ten timeless values, if lived, will literally heal our hearts, our homes, our country and our world.

Standing for Something is an inspiring blueprint

While William J. Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtues said, “Standing for Something is an inspiring blueprint for what we all can do as individuals, as a nation and as a world community – to rediscover the values and virtues that have historically made us strong and that will lead us to a brighter future. Gordon B. Hinckley has created a classic look at the values that can change our world and how to stand up for them. Drawing on anecdotes from his much-admired life of faith and services, as well as examples from American cultures.

Gordon B. Hinckley visited over 150 countries

During the early years of Gordon B. Hinckley as an active leader and missionary of The Church of Latter-day Saints, he has walked heavily and traveled around the world. In his recorded trips – he has visited more than 150 countries at which many of them dozens of times. He said, “I walked on China’s Great Wall, toured Vietnam during its season of intense conflict and seen firsthand the spoils and ravages of war, listened to bullets sing by my hotel window during a coup in Seoul, mourned with survivors of a deadly shipwreck in the South Pacific, searched for earthquake victims in Peru and viewed hurricane devastation in Honduras and Nicaragua.

Gordon’s experiences took him across the seas

His experiences have taken him across the seas south, west and east. He has wondered at the symmetry of Fujiyama in Japan, marveled at the transcendent beauty of the great mountains of Switzerland, France and Italy. He has seen the Taj Mahal by moonlight in Agra, India; the orchards of Russia in the bloom of spring; and the rice lands of China at harvest time. He has admired the pampas of Argentina, the towering peaks of Bolivia and walked in the great and beautiful cities of Europe, New Zealand, Australia, the highlands of the Andes, the exotic fauna of the Amazon and the peaks and plains of every nation in South America.

Gordon B. Hinckley loves America

On his book Standing for Something, Gordon B. Hinckley highlighted some of his remarkable experiences with people and the world. He said, “I love the peoples of the world. I love the sights and smells, the grand varieties of culture with their costumes, customs, and music; eyes dark and light, hair black and blonde and the incredible range of creativity in everything from architecture to food. I believe this world to be the creation of Jehovah and I delight at its diversity. But as much as I love the peoples and places of the world, I return from each trip abroadwith a peculiar love for home land. I love America.”

Sources of facts and other information:

  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia Encyclopedia
  • Standing for Something Gordon B. Hinckley
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