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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Hinckley Still An Energetic Leader at 90
Salt Lake Tribune 22Jun00 N2
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Attending yesterday's news conference where LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the changes to Ricks College, veteran Salt Lake Tribune reporter Bob Mims was very impressed by President Hinckley's vigor. The news conference was held just one day after Hinckley returned from an 11-day tour of the Far East covering some 22,000 miles, yet he was at the press conference early Wednesday morning "energetically pumping hands." Hinckley will be 90-years-old on Friday.

"No, I don't feel 90. I never dreamed I'd be 90, that I'd live that long," Hinckley said. "I'm here; I'm still here. I don't know how long. Neither do you."

Mims observes that the trip had to be difficult. Hinckley spent 47 hours in the air, keeping 17 appointments, including the dedications for four new temples. When asked how he did it, Hinckley re-used a quip he used earlier this spring at the National Press Club, "My answer is that you go to bed at night and get up the next morning,"

During the news conference, President Hinckley also spoke of the Church's progress. He tood pride in the Church's humanitarian aid efforts, saying, "We are reaching outside our faith." He said the Church would continue to seek ways to cooperate with other churches. "We have common ground with some other churches, and we can work with them on many items of public concern and interest," he said. "But we don't have to give up our theology. . . . We respect them and we hope they will respect us.

Refering to the tendency of some Christians to label the LDS Church as non-Christian, Hinckley said that this is just a misunderstanding, "Misunderstandings come of ignorance. When people get to know you and what you are doing, they respect you," he said.


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