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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hinckley Funeral Will Bring Crowds To Downtown Salt Lake City

Gordon B Hinckley, the president and prophet of the Mormon Church, passed away Sunday. His funeral has been set for Saturday, Feb 2, at 11 am in the Conference Center next to Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

President Hinckley's body will lie in state at the Church Conference Center. Public viewings have been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, from 9 am to 7 pm on both days.

Hinckley was beloved by Mormons and non-Mormons alike and crowds are expected to participate in the viewings and funeral service. As people come to pay their respects at the viewings, they may need to stand in lines that stretch down streets adjacent to the Conference Center, just north of Temple Square.

There will also be crowds of pedestrians making their way to the Conference Center on Saturday morning before the funeral, and a concentration of people exiting the center after the services.

Motorists are encouraged to be considerate and use caution in those areas.

People are encouraged to use TRAX and UTA buses to get downtown on those days. Riders need to be aware there will be more people than normal using these public transportation services.

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