Joseph B. Wirthlin, Rest In Peace

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Apostle
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Apostle

Our oldest LDS Apostle passed away peacefully in his sleep late Monday night at age 91.

Back in 1936, “Speedy” Wirthlin played halfback for the University of Utah. With a slight build and light on his feet, he was an all-around good athlete.

Elder Wirthlin has been beloved by the church as a kind, gentle and loving follower of our Savior. His talks have focused on love, kindness, service, hope, and the saving principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Read his complete Biography Here.

From the LDS Newsroom:
SALT LAKE CITY 2 December 2008: Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, the oldest living apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Monday night, age 91. Elder Wirthlin had gone to bed at his Salt Lake City home, and died peacefully at about 11:30 pm of causes incident to age. His oldest daughter, Jane Wirthlin Parker, was present. A member of the family had been staying and caring for Elder Wirthlin, whose wife, Elisa Young Rogers Wirthlin, died in 2006. He had continued to work at his office right up until the Thanksgiving holiday. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, December 5, at the Tabernacle on Temple Square.


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  1. Archie,

    Thank you so much for visiting. Perhaps your comment is actually not too off topic after all. Elder Wirthlin himself spoke of the glory of God, quoting LDS prophet Harold B. Lee:

    “What is the glory of God? The Lord told Moses that:

    “… this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Pearl of Great Price, Moses 1:39.)

    “…eternal life may be defined as life in the presence of those eternal Beings, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. To shorten that definition, we might then say that eternal life is God’s life. God’s glory.”

    We also read that: “The Glory of God is intelligence, or in other words, light and truth” D & C 93: 36

    This is just a brief answer to your very thoughtful doctrinal question. I invite you to read more about the nature of God HERE.

    I hope that this helps you on your quest for spiritual knowledge, and that you will always feel welcome here – MoSop


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