The President of the European Mission, Joseph F. Merrill, arranged to have one of his returning missionaries make a brief report to President Heber J. Grant concerning the affairs of the mission. As the missionary, Gordon B. Hinckley, entered the office of the First Presidency,he was told that he would have fifteen minutes to make the report. The interview lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, and the Brethren were so impressed with the talents and abilities of the young elder that a few days later, he was offered the position of executive secretary of the Church’s Radio, Publicity, and Mission Literature Committee. Gordon B. Hinckley began a lifetime of service to the Church.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, BYU Religious Studies Center: Provo, 2001, pp 241-242.