Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Life Well Lived, Joseph B. Wirthlin

The oldest living apostle, Joseph B. Wirthlin passed away peacefully at his home the night before last, on Dec. 1.
He was 91.
He had continued to work at his office right up until the Thanksgiving holiday.
One thing I know about Elder Wirthlin is that he was very beloved by everyone who knew him.
In fact, in the last 2 general conferences after he spoke the next person to come to the stand said "There is no one more beloved among us than Elder Wirthlin".
He also gave an excellent talk at this last conference that was my favorite of all.
It was called "Come What May, and Love It". Please click on the link to read it.
In the book Stand a Little Taller Gordon B. Hinkley talked about death.
He said:
"Consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness." -Mosiah 2:41
"What a wonderful thing is death, really, when all is said and done. It is the great reliever. It is a majestic, quiet passing on from this life to another life, a better life. We go to a place where we will not suffer as we have suffered here, but where we will continue to grow, accumulating knowledge and developing and being useful under the plan of the Almighty made possible through the atonement of the Son of God."
Elder Worthin will be missed, but I am confident he is rejoicing now in the arms of his loving wife and his Savior.


Rebecca Talley said...

I was so touched when he spoke at the April conference and Russell M. Nelson stood up and steadied him. What a testimony of the great love the brethren have for each other. Though he struggled in that talk, Elder Wirthlin did not give up. He's a great example of enduring to the end.

Lynn said...

Oh, glad you posted this...I had no idea Elder Wirthlin had died.

He was indeed a man of faith, testimony and a true disciple of Christ... a life well lived for sure !
Thanks !