President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, turned 78 Thursday, but it was business as usual for the busy church leader.
He attended the weekly meeting Wednesday morning of the church's general authorities in the Salt Lake Temple, and he spent the afternoon in committee meetings, said Jerry Cahill, director of media relations for the LDS Church.President Hinckley was presented with a birthday cake during the day. The cake was cut up and passed along to others in First Presidency offices.
President Hinckley was born June 23, 1910, in Salt Lake City to Bryant S. and Ada Bitner Hinckley. He was sustained as an assistant to the Twelve April 6, 1958, and ordained an apostle Oct. 5, 1961.
He has been a member of the First Presidency since July 1981, when he was called to serve as a counselor with President N. Eldon Tanner and President Marion G. Romney under President Spencer W. Kimball. He was called as second counselor to President Kimball on Dec. 2, 1982. He was set apart as first counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson on Nov. 10, 1985.