President Howard W. Hunter's service as the 14th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spanned about nine months (June 5, 1994 to March 3, 1995), but it remains a special memory for President Thomas S. Monson.
"One of the most personally satisfying and spiritually rewarding experiences of my life has been to serve, along with President (Gordon B.) Hinckley, as a counselor to President Howard W. Hunter in the First Presidency of the church," President Monson wrote in an April 1995 Ensign article titled "President Howard W. Hunter: A Man for All Seasons." "We could not possibly have had a better role model to follow. His life has been rich, his love far-reaching, his testimony of the truth ever firm."
In his tribute, President Monson mentioned President Hunter's contributions to family history work, the BYU Jerusalem Center and the Polynesian Cultural Center, and his dedication of the Orlando Florida and Bountiful Utah temples. Additionally, President Hunter's example, faith and testimony touched many lives, President Monson said.
"President Howard W. Hunter lived as he taught, after the pattern of the Savior whom he served," wrote President Monson, who now serves as president of the LDS Church.
LDS Church members can learn about the life of President Hunter as they study "Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter," as part of the 2016 curriculum. With that in mind, here are 11 interesting facts and stories from President Hunter's life, taken from his biography, "Howard W. Hunter," by Eleanor Knowles, and other LDS.org articles as indicated.
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