Richard G. Hinckley

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Richard G. Hinckley
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02) – October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
End reason Granted general authority emeritus status
Emeritus General Authority
October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Richard Gordon Hinckley
(1941-05-02) May 2, 1941 (age 75)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Spouse(s) Jane Freed (m. 1967)

Richard Gordon Hinckley (born May 2, 1941) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2005. In 2011, he became an emeritus general authority. He is the son of Gordon B. Hinckley, the church's fifteenth president.

Early life, mission, education[edit]

Hinckley was born in Salt Lake City and was raised in East Millcreek, Utah. When Richard was 16 years old, his father was called as a general authority of the church. From 1961 to 1963, Hinckley served an LDS mission in the church's Central German Mission. While serving in Germany, his father became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Following his missionary service, Hinckley obtained a degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from Stanford University.

LDS Church service[edit]

Prior to his call as a general authority, Hinckley served as a bishop (twice), stake president and as a member of two other stake presidencies. Hinckley's father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had also served as stake presidents. Hinckley also served as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple. From 2001 to 2004, Hinckley was president of the church's Utah Salt Lake City Mission.

General authority[edit]

At the church's April 2005 general conference, Hinckley was accepted by the church as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. His father, who was the church's president at the time, preemptively disavowed any involvement his son's calling in a sermon given later that day:

I make it clear that I did not advance his name. That was done by others whose right it was to do so. I feel extremely sensitive about the matter of nepotism. As the lawyers say, I recused myself from participating. However, I believe he is worthy and qualified in every respect. In the first place, he had a great and wonderful mother. I wish I could recommend his father.
I mention this only because of my sensitivity concerning the matter of nepotism. Please do not hold it against him for his relationship to me. He’s powerless to help it.[1]

When Richard Hinckley delivered his first general conference address a year later, he joked that he "was likely the only General Authority in the history of the Church to be sustained by the members in spite of a disclaimer by the prophet!"[2]

During the church's October 2011 general conference, Hinckley was released from the First Quorum of the Seventy and designated as an emeritus general authority.[3]


In 1967, Hinckley married Jane Freed in the Salt Lake Temple and they are the parents of four children.


  1. ^ Gordon B. Hinckley, “Gambling,” Ensign, May 2005, p. 58.
  2. ^ Richard G. Hinckley, “Repentance, a Blessing of Membership,” Ensign, May 2006, p. 48.
  3. ^ "Honorable releases given to 12 brethren". Church News. Deseret News Publishing Company. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 


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