First and foremost, this is not to turn into a religious or political debate, as per 2005 rules. This thread serves merely to inform about the end to a great man. Only warning. Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the LDS church, has passed. He died at 7:00 pm MST on sunday. He was 97 years old. Gordon is one of only a handful of people that I am proud to call hero, a role model for many. This is truly a sad day indeed. http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Hinckley/ On 23 June 2004 (Hinckley's 94th birthday), U.S. President George W. Bush awarded Hinckley the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House. The press release put forth by the White House stated: "Gordon B. Hinckley [...] has inspired millions and has led efforts to improve humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and education funding across the globe." Hinckley received many educational honors, including the Distinguished Citizen Award from Southern Utah University, Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah, and honorary doctorates from Westminster College, Utah State University, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Southern Utah University. He received the Silver Buffalo Award of the Boy Scouts of America, and was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice for his contributions to tolerance and understanding in the world.