June 5, 2017
A. David Merrill (b.1964), Portrait of Howard W. Hunter, off-set lithograph, 20 x 16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Allen’s Camera.
On this day in 1994, Howard W. Hunter was sustained as Prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Hunter was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He had a great love of music and played six different instruments. He was ordained an apostle by President David O. McKay in 1959. As an apostle he was appointed as the president of the Genealogical Society and of the Polynesian Cultural Center, as well as Church Historian and Recorder. He also dedicated the BYU Jerusalem Center.
As President of the Church, President Hunter emphasized family history and temple work. He also dedicated the Orlando, Florida and Bountiful, Utah temples.