Pres. Hinckley's bodyguard speaks

David Sayer recounted some of his fondest memories serving as President Gordon B. Hinckley's bodyguard, to institute students at Westminster College, recapturing the spirit and spunk of the late Mormon prophet.

Sayer now serves as an area security manager for the LDS Church, responsible for the safety of missionaries, historic sites, temples, etc., in the United States east of Colorado. He was called as bishop in the Lakeridge 9th Ward in Magna, Utah, in 2006.

Sayer has spent 24 years in Church Security -- 17 as President Hinckley's bodyguard.

"We criss-crossed the earth together many, many times," Sayer said.

Sayer said what he learned from President Hinckley above all else was a lesson in genuineness.

"He was the same person during the week or when we were traveling on a plane," Sayer said. "He greeted custodians the same as he would greet a queen or king."

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