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Alonzo A. Hinckley
Alonzo Arza Hinckley was an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon Church. Hinckley was born on April 23, 1870, in Cove Fort, Utah, to Ira Nathaniel Hinckley and Angeline Wilcox Noble. He was the uncle of future prophet Gordon B. Hinckley.
Three years before his birth, the Hinckley family had been sent to Cove Fort by prophet Brigham Young in order to establish a way-station for travelers along what was known as the "Mormon Corridor." They became a large and respected family in the area. The fort is now owned by the Church and has been developed as a place of church interest with activities for visitors.
Hinckley married Rose May Robison on August 31, 1892, in the Manti Temple, but soon thereafter, he had to leave her in order to serve a mission for the Church in the Netherlands. Their second child was born while he was serving there. They went on to have fourteen children.
Hinckley served as a stake president for 27 years. After his release as a stake president, Elder Hinckley was called to serve as President of the California Mission. Hinckley was ordained an apostle on October 11, 1934, at the age of sixty-four by President Heber J. Grant, and sustained to the Council of the Twelve Apostles. Upon receiving this call, Hinckley finally shared his Patriarchal blessing with members of his family. In the blessing was this prophetic promise: "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."
Hinckley had served as an apostle for only two years, when he passed away on December 22, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah.