5 Surprising Things President Hinckley's Journal Reveals About Him


This year we get the opportunity to learn more about the wonderfully optimistic prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley. Here are five interesting things we learn from his personal history: 

Members got to know President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) through his counsel and service, his sense of humor, his love, and his foresight. A new glimpse at his journals, however, reveals additional facts and stories you may never have heard before about the 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

1. He once had to sleep in a classroom.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated that the phrase “things will work out” may well have been President Hinckley’s “most repeated assurance” to his friends and family. This optimism would carry him through countless situations.

He once stayed with a stake president whose family lived in an old schoolhouse that they had converted into a home. That night, a classroom served as President Hinckley’s bedroom. During stake conference the next day, he quipped, “I [have] slept on a great many occasions in classrooms before—but never in a bed.”

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