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From his mission to the British Isles in 1933-35 to his most recent journey earlier this month to dedicate temples in Japan, Australia and Fiji, President Gordon B. Hinckley has traveled extensively to further the work of the gospel.

"I have determined that for so long as I have the strength to do so, I will get out and meet with the Saints I love, both the youth and the adults," he said during the October 1996 general conference.

Throughout his presidency he has done that by traveling hundreds of thousands of miles around the world. His ability to do so has been facilitated by a private jet aircraft made available to him by a member of the Church so he is not restricted to the schedules and service of commercial airlines.

Following are some notes about his travels:

  • Since becoming president of the Church, he has traveled to every continent except Antarctica.
  • As a General Authority, he has made repeat visits to many countries, including more than 40 trips to Japan.
  • He has traveled to 35 states in the United States as president of the Church.
  • Prior to becoming president of the Church, President Hinckley traveled extensively in Asia and South America. Much of that travel came when he supervised those areas as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve.
  • Before he was a General Authority, he often traveled on Church-related matters including trips to the dedications of the Swiss and London temples.
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