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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 3 2008 12:00 a.m. MST

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Lufilufi Purcell Taua

I will miss this great and humble man during General Conference and I always look forward to hearing and reading his messages in General Conference and in the church magazines. My deepest condolences to his wonderful and lovely family. Have a great journey home Elder Wirthlin!! You will greatly be missed, but your legacy, influence, example, and testimony will forever live on in our hearts!


Now, this is journalism, hope journalism, the short story of a long and great life. Forget CNN for an hour and hope for light in the lives of humankind. That flame was ever great in this kind, unasumming man.


Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your life of service and dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be greatly remembered and sorely missed. Till we meet again.

Todd Wirthlin

At my mother's funeral in July "Jo" came up to me after the service and said "You will see her again and it will be glorious".

I will miss the times he came up to our ranch in Wyoming during the summers. He loved the open space and the peace it gave him.

He had the true understanding of the Gospel and shared with everyone that wanted to hear.

I will miss you "Jo"

Evan E

I remember meeting Elder Wirthlin while serving a mission for The Church in the Ireland Dublin Mission in '86. He hadn't bee called to the Apostleship at that time, but I remember the spirit was very strong with him. I can imagine his reunion now with the Prophets of old, along with the late President Hinckley, and Elder Faust, along with his sweet wife !

To the Wirthlin Family, may the Lord be with you at this time !


What a great and wonderful man. We will truly miss him.

Best wishes to his family.

Jay Chen

Thank you for all you done, we will miss you!


You have deeply touched our lives with your kind words and deeds. Your have exemplified what it means to be a true representative of our Savior.


One of my favorite quotes by Elder Wirthlin was when he said that we must "end our fixation on wealth." I had never heard such counsel regarding riches hit so directly and succinctly. Rest in Peace Elder Wirthlin.


249 comments and not an unkind word in any of them, but one would be shocked and indeed offended if there were an unkind word spoken of this Giant of The Lord. I join with the entire church in expressing my condolences to the Wirthlin family, what a remarkable and humble servant of the servants of God.I have been blessed along with the entire church by this faithful and kind servant's words and his tireless example to us all over these many wonderful years we have been privillaged to have him amoung us. God bless the memory of this mighty man in Israel and may God be with you till we meet again.
Shaun Williams

South Bend Cougar

Elder Wirthlin's testimony and example have changed my life for the better. How grateful I am for his years of service and dedication to the Lord and from reading the comments above, his personal service to his children and associates. We will do well to seek to pattern our lives after his.

Patricia Hopson Bradley, NC

When joining the church in 1978 while our sons were young, Elder Wirthlin was part of the memories of my first teachings from the church. He gave great words of comfort and wisdom during that time and all the years since have been inspired to live the gospel each time I have heard him speak or read his talks. He will be greatly missed but I have no doubt he will carry forth the work of Jesus Christ on the spirit side of the veil and meet his beautiful wife there. May God bless all of his family and our prayers are with them. Each day we pray for the leaders of the church in all they do to serve the Lord and his children. Prayers and Love from the Bradley Family in Swannanoa, North Carolina.


God Bless Joseph Wirthlin and is family and close friends, I said close friends because he has so many friends and admirers, he is a great man.

Elder Elisha

I am personally uplifted spiritually reading his onference addresses hearing of his death brings sadness to my heart but i am certain his is with God i have to be firm bold and enthusiatic as him

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