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Alonzo Arza Hinckley Alonzo Arza Hinckley

1870 - 1936
  • Born 1870, Cove Fort, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Rose May Robison 1892, Manti Temple; fourteen children
  • Second Generation Stake President
  • Ordained Apostle 1934
  • Died 1936 Salt Lake City, Utah

    Elder Hinckley was born April 23, 1870, at Cove Fort, Millard County, Utah to Ira Nathaniel Hinckley and Angeline Wilcox Noble. He was named Arza Alonzo Hinckley but signed his name, and is known in current Church writings, as Alonzo A. Hinckley. We might note that Alonzo was a brother of Bryant S. Hinckley, who in turn was the father of Gordon B. Hinkley, Apostle of the Lord and President of the Church. Thus Alonzo is an uncle to President Hinckley.

    In 1867 the Hinckley family was sent by President Brigham Young to Millard County to an area a day's journey south of Fillmore and established Cove Fort as a way station for travelers along the "Mormon Coridor". They became a large and prominent family in the area. The Fort has recently been returned to the Church and restored as a tourist attraction.

    Elder Alonzo A. Hinckley married Rose May Robison August 31, 1892 in the Manti Temple. Shortly after the marriage, he was called to leave her behind and serve in the Netherlands. The couple had fourteen children, the second of which was born during his Netherlands mission.

    Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Hinckley served as a Stake President for twenty-seven years, a calling his father had also held. At the time of his calling to the Twelve, he retrieved his patriarchal blessing, and for the first time, shared it with his family. Given over thirty years earlier, shortly after the time of his call as a stake president, the Blessing promised, "If you continue faithful in this calling, you will... be numbered with the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

   After his release as a stake president, Elder Hinckley was called to serve as President of the California Mission, which service he was performing when he received the call to the Twelve.

   Elder Hinckley was ordained an Apostle October 11, 1934 at the age of sixty-four by President Heber J. Grant, and sustained to the Council of the Twelve Apostles. He served there but a scant two years when he died in office.

    Elder Hinckley died December 22, 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

   Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, pp.465-467
   Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
   2005 Church Almanac, p.66

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