Gordon B. Hinckley grew up loving nature. A walnut tree he planted as a boy was used to build the pulpit for the Conference Center. Gordon often compared the Savior’s love to the guiding Polar Star, a star he learned to recognize as a young boy. He traveled more than two million miles (3.2 million km) while serving in the Church. Satellites transmitted his testimony around the globe. More than 70 temples were dedicated while he was President, including the rebuilt Nauvoo Illinois Temple.
Illustration by Robert T. Barrett