Friday, June 23, 2006

President Hinckley At 96

President Hinckley will celebrate his 96th birthday at the groundbreaking of the new alumni and visitors center bearing his name at BYU, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Last year we all had the opportunity to watch his 95th birthday celebration at the conference center in the Church Conference Center. This year's will be somewhat more subdued, and there apparently remains some concerns about his health:
Today's milestone will likely pass more quietly, especially in light of concerns about Hinckley's health. The leader of the 12 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will celebrate his 96th birthday "at Brigham Young University in Provo, attending an 11 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony for a new alumni and visitors center named in his honor," LDS spokesman Dale Bills said. "Family, invited guests and university leaders will host him at a private luncheon following the groundbreaking."

It will be one of the few public events Hinckley has attended since surgeons removed a cancerous growth from his colon and he has undergone chemotherapy treatments. "Things have changed and are changing," Hinckley told Mormons at the church's annual General Conference in April, mentioning his January surgery and some "residual problems."
Still, President Hinckley maintains a rigorous schedule, and continues to serve the Church membership worldwide:

"The life of a president of the church is not his own," Hinckley said. "He has very little privacy and no secrets." He maintains a regular work schedule, Bills said, which means most days Hinckley goes to his office at LDS Church headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City. He is, after all, a guy who never spent a night in the hospital before January.

In March, he traveled to Santiago, Chile, to rededicate a temple and preside over a lively cultural celebration by thousands of Chilean Latter-day Saints in an outdoor stadium. On June 11, he was in Iowa City, Iowa, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of 10 Mormon handcart companies' trek across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains to the Salt Lake Valley beginning in 1856.
So, Happy Birthday President Hinckley! We're hoping for many more!


Anonymous mayan elephant said...

do you mind if i post on this topic? lemme know. i have a rant a-burnin inside me, but i realize this is a sensitive topic.

Friday, June 23, 2006 10:18:00 PM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

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Friday, June 23, 2006 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous mayan elephant said...

ya know. this leader, pres. hinckley has been a machine. we have had his birthday celebrations, the grandest celebration of a dead man that is not jesus himself in the joseph smith concentration last year. and then we had hinckley basically give his own autoeulogy at conference.

if find those all consistent praise of himself and his title.

it reminds me a lot of the CEOs, investment bankers and VCs that i have worked with. also i find it similar to the celibrity world that is so often criticized in this and other christian communities.

dont get me wrong, i say light em if ya got em. hinckley worked hard, lived long, stayed at the task on hand. he is "the office of the president" and the head of the corporation. he keeps it going, and deserves recognition for running the system. that makes him a successful manager. but quite frankly, its a bit nauseating all the attention this guy brings to himself and his position. sheesh.

Saturday, June 24, 2006 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous mayan elephant said...

i really wanted to say more, but those rules made me all nervous inside. and for a minute i thought that was a bad thing, then i thought, oh man, thats it, thats it, my bosom is burning, i better take advantage of this feeling and find my keys.

nah, it didnt really happen like that, i just thought i better hold back give your rules. thats all.

Saturday, June 24, 2006 12:52:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Cobabe said...

Quoting from President Hinckley, in the Saturday Deseret News:

"This new building is singular in the fact that it has been built while the man whose name it bears is still alive," President Hinckley said with a smile.
Turning to BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, he joked, "I supposed Brother Samuelson concluded I was only half-dead and that we could go forward accordingly."

Monday, June 26, 2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

Jim: Nice quote! I like it.

Mayan Elephant: you really need to get a life.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 8:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Equality said...

"Mayan Elephant: you really need to get a life." Well, if that ain't the pot calling the kettle impure and nondelightsome.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 6:35:00 AM  
Blogger Guy Murray said...

equality: "ditto"

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:39:00 AM  

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