We will all miss this great person, He has lived a great life and I am sure that
his immediate family will miss him the most, my condolences to the Wirthlin
Family, I remember as a young missionary meeting him in Fiji, his warm smile and
positive attitude gave me courage to fulfill my mission...
Elder Wirthlin was a giant among men! we will miss him!
What an amazing man. He will surely be missed.
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Dear, dear Elder Wirthlin. We love you and will miss you. Rest in peace, as we
know you will. Thank you for your life as an example of the love of Christ to
He will be missed--A humble giant who gave his live to service.
Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your service and your Christ-like example! We love
you and you will be missed!
Thank you so much for your service. You are such an example to everyone around
you! You will be missed!
What a great man he was! I will miss him very much. I'm so glad that I heard him
speak in the last General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ. I have
learned much from him thru all these years.
I loved Elder Wirthlin's conference talks and his great example of kindness,
love and endurance. His words of wisdom and stories from his life have motivated
me and my family. His last talk on "Come what may and love it" has helped me
look differently at some of the trials that I have been going through recently.
He is truly a pillar in the church. We will miss him.
I always loved his talks and will miss him. Sounds like he was a hard worker
right to the end. I am glad he was able to perform the work he loved until it
was time for him to move on.
Elder Wirthlin set me apart as a Stake President some 15 years ago when he
visited us to reorginize our Stake. He was wonderful! We found him very caring
and personable and a profound witness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We will miss
him. His last talk this past conference was one of his best.
We will miss Elder Wirthlin. What a wonderful man he was. Our gratitude goes
to his family. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Elder Wirthlin's last General Conference address was a classic. His counsel was
powerful, loving, and wise--oh, so wise.The University of Utah has
lost its most ardent football fan!!
Elder Worthlin's talk "Come What May, and Love It" is one of my favorites from
this past Conference. I have read and reread it since receiving the Ensign. It
really touched me and is helping me carry on right now. I'm so glad we got to
have him inspire us as long as he has, especially to speak this last time in
I met Elder Wirthlin in Mr. Mac one day, and I was only a young man, and he came
up and shook my hand and took time to talk to me. This great man will be missed
in the lives and hearts of all people.
We will miss you dearly Elder Wirthlin. Your life and messages inspired us
Dear Family of Elder Wirthlin,How blessed we are to have known and
loved this great Apostle. How fortunate life can be to witness the goodness of
God in the lives of His servants. May this season of peace and love be that for
all of you, as you reflect on the life of this tremendous man who served
faithfully to the end. Thank you for sharing him with us. You have given us
all a gift of yourselves through him.May God bless all of you.
I can testify that Elder Wirthlin was and is an Apostle of God! Tjanks for your
sacrifice, service and Love.
Elder Wirthlin toured our mission in Italy in the 1980s and I was so impressed
with his ability to remember names and things about specific missionaries. He
was incredibly caring and sincere. And he also loved Utah football having played
for the University during his time on campus. A great man and a great loss for
all of us.
A sad day for us. A joyous occasion for his beloved wife. Nice job, Elder
Wirthlin. Thanks for everything.
sorry to hear that. I loved his talks about playing football. You could just
picture him as a young man.It is great to know he is in a better
Elder Wirthlins messages have changed my life. God be thanked for the life and
ministry of Joseph B. Wirthin a true apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His talks were wonderful sermons on how to truly live a christlike life. Thank
You Elder Wirthlin for all of your service on this Earth.
I loved that dear and gentle man. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to
get to know him through his talks. I always looked forward to hearing him
speak. THANK YOU!
i loved this man!!! he was such an amazing story teller! he will be missed! :(
I dated Mr. Wirthlin's grand-daughter for a time and got to know his family
quite well. Though things did not work out with me and his grand-daughter, I
was amazed at how well this family practiced what it preached. The Wirthlins
are followers of Jesus Christ in word and deed and the world is weaker as a
result of the loss of this man- the head of the Wirthlin family.
An honorable release for an honorable and extraordinary man.
I'll always remember his "Live in Obedience" talk in the April '94 conference. I
was on my mission and really struggling. This talk gave me strength and courage
to be obedient!How grateful I am for his life and example. Our
family will miss you and we love you! Thank you Elder Wirthlin!
I find myself unaccountably and unexpectedly weeping at the loss of this man of
God. Enter into thy rest, thou good and faithful servant.
A great man. Thank you for your heroic life and teachings. I will ever be
better because Joseph B. Wirthlin lived as he believed. Well done.
Elder Wirthlin was an amazing man and delivered very powerful and spritual
talks. He will be missed greatly in the Quorum of the 12 as well throughout all
I loved this man and I really only began to appreciate him more fully in the
past few years. In my personal life prioritization, he became one of my favorite
speakers and a profound role model.
I met Elder Wirthlin at a stake conference when I was nine years old - even
then, I could tell he was called of God to be an Apostle. I love his optimism
and his true-to-life stories and how he applied them to living gospel principles
(doesn't hurt that some of his best stories were about his experiences playing
football ^_^)"Come What May, and Love It" - we will miss you Elder
Words cannot express the sense of loss we all share. Elder Wirthlin will be
missed. I pray we all remember the words he has spoken so plainly. Goodbye
What an excellent example and great stature of a man! Elder Wirthlin will
always be a man I can look to as a shining light--a great apostle of the Lord.
Elder Wirthlin was one of the first general authorities I ever heard speak as a
new convert to the Church. I also am weeping at his, no-my loss. Who will come
to take his place? I hope there is one saying "Send me!"
Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your words and, most importantly, your example. I
will strive to follow your example.
For Elder Wirthlin and his beloved companion, "Sunday has come." We will miss
this Christlike servant of the Master--a man who personified humility and
focused devotion to the cause of Christ.
A tear of loss, a tear of joy and a sincere prayer of thanksgiving for a humble
example showing us how mortals walk the way to Christ.
think he is resting now. He is probably working hard even more on the other
side of the veil. I will miss this Great Servant of the Lord. What a great
example of enduring to the end...
May we all be more like this wonderful Christ like example. Thank you, Elder
Wirthlin, for your service and love!
I thank God for Elder Wirthlin's talks. As I took time to read them, I fell in
love with his majesty and command of language. His teachings always touched my
heart. Thanks to him for his service; a special thanks to his family for
sharing him with the world. I hope their loss can be comforted.
The world is better for having had Joseph B. Wirthlin in it. I will miss his
inspirational conference addresses.
One of the sweetest, kindest most gentle men of our time. One could not help but
feel better after hearing him speak. What a world we could have if we all lived
as Elder Wirthlin. Thank you for your inspiring example of Christ like living!
Wow!His last conference talk, "Come What May, and Love It" was so profound
-- It was THE very talk of all the Conference messages I felt needed to be
shared with my families Home Teaching this month.Life is too short. Live
and Laugh.Godspeed you Elder Wirthlin.
A day of sadness for us but a wonderful reunion with Sister Wirthlin and others.
A great Apostle of the Lord.
We have his words to cherish.
What a wonderful, humble, kind, gentle and loving this apostle was. My family
and I shall miss him terribly. Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your testimony of
the restored gospel and your example in living it.
Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your kind and gentle humility. Your example has
touched my life and the lives of many around the world.
I never appreciated this wise man like I should have until my husband and I were
supposed to home teach a family. I came across an article Elder Wirthlin had
written and I couldn't believe his wise council. For me, I never found him the
most exciting speaker as some other General Authorities. But now I realize how
much I missed out because his wise words were so inspirational. Thank goodness
we have his words in our Conference talks and also the books he has written.
Our heart and prayers go out to Elder Wirthlin's family. Thank you for sharing
your wonderful father with us. We will miss your sweet countenance.
Thank You for sharing your love of the Gospel with us.
"Come What May and Love It" Thank you Elder Worthlin, this saying has meant so
much to us this last while. We will miss you.
He is a true disciple of Jesus Christ and we are all blessed to have lived to
hear him and feel of his Christlike example. I will truly miss him. To his
family, be at peace.
I will miss Elder Wirthlin. His conference addresses were among my very
favorite. Who could forget his last "Come What May and Love it"? He was an
I said after watching this past General Conference that I didn't think Elder
Wirthlin would live long enough to speak at another one, and how sad that
thought made me. I was very concerned for his health when I saw him sitting down
to give his talk. I have loved Elder Wirthlin for years for his sense of humor,
his strong testimony, and his wonderful love and kindness, and I will miss him
and his presence. He touched my life, and I hope to be able to tell him so
Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your strength and tenacity in adversity, and
especially your powerfull testimony of the Savior.
God Speed Elder Wirthlin!!! You will be greatly missed by all. Thank You,
Thank You, Thank You, for being such a great example to world.
Thank You! I am a better person because of you!
Elder Wirthlin lived a life of gospel service for our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. He followed His example and we were all blessed because of it. We will
miss him, we will remember him, we will mourn with Elder Wirthlin's family, we
will also rely on our faith that he is with the loved ones he was so eager to be
with again. I know I am grateful that the Lord blessed us with such a great man.
Our sadness at his loss, our joy at his reunion with his sweetheart, our
gratitude for the sermons and service of a great instrument in our Heavenly
Father's hands.God bless you, Wirthlins!
Elder Wirthlin, we will miss you. May our heavenly father bless you as you
continue your labors on the other side.
Elder Wirthlin, will be missed. He touched many young and old mens lives with
his football stories. What a great man!
I met Elder Wirthlin and his wife when I was 20 years old. He set apart my
father as a mission president. There were 10 of us there and he took time to
meet each one. He has a great spirit of kindness and love to all. What a great
Apostle of the Lord. I've always enjoyed is talks and testimony of the Savior.
While I've listened and watched Elder Wirthlin I've thought many times on what a
great grandpa he must be. Condolences to his family and thank you for sharing
your father and grandfather.
A great loss. I will miss his great spiritual talks and his great example of
kindness and love. His words of inspiration and stories from his life have
motivated me in many ways. His talk in Dec 2000 Ensign, "Journey of Life" has
helped me look differently at some of the trials that I have been going through.
He said five things, if we take them seriously and apply them to our life, will
bring us happiness, success, fulfillment, and the obtaining of an inheritance in
the celestial kingdom. (1) Have faith in Heavenly Father (2) Set righteous goals
(3) Work to accomplish your goals (4) Magnify your callings (5) Enjoy the
journey. Elder Wirthlin, you are truly a pillar of strength in the church; you
are truly a great servant of God, and you will be missed greatly by all. Thank
you for your great example.
This gentle spiritual giant has touched my life and made me a better person than
I would otherwise have been. I look forward to meeting him again on the other
Our thoughts and prayers go to the Wirthlin family. May God continue to bless
them and let them know Elder Wirthlin is in a better place. This is a sad day
for the church and may God bless the rest of the LDS faith in knowing he is in a
better place as well. He will be reunited with his wife and the love of his
life. Thank you Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, you were truly an inspiration. God
bless Elder Wirthlin.
How could you not love Elder Wirthln? He was so genuine, sincere, and calm.
Completely dedicated to building the Kingdom, respecting others, and loving and
living the gospel. Late in his life he carried a list of things to
do in his pocket, along with a pen and a highlighter ("some things are more
important than others, and need special attention" he taught us once at a Stake
Conference). Some years ago he issued a calling to me. I couldn't
help but feel his commitment and concern. He inspired me that day. What a great example he was! We will miss you, Elder Wirthlin!
What a great man...I will miss him.
I,too, grew to love and admire Elder Wirthlin through his very practical and
spiritually nourishing talks. Perhaps more than his words, I felt drawn to him
by his Christlike demeanor and attitude. You can tell so much about a person by
the way his or her family, friends, and associates speak and act around them.
Who can forget his talk in General Conference, I believe in October 2007, when
Elder Wirthlin's knees had locked up and he was clearly struggling physically to
complete his address. Elder Nelson stood beside Elder Wirthlin and steadied
him. Elder Wirthlin was not to be deterred until he finished bearing his
witness of truth. At the conclusion of his remarks, Elder Wirthlin gave an
audible "thank you" to his fellow Apostle and the whole episode burned in my
heart as a great example of the Savior's love. How many times after Elder
Wirthlin spoke in General Conference did one of his Brethren immediately preface
their remarks with a heartful, emotional expression of love and admiration for
Elder Wirthlin? Elder Wirthlin, we love you, we love your family for sharing you
with us and we are better people because of you.
Elder Wirthlin,thank you for all your wise wisdoms and beautiful teachings. My
deepest condolences to the Wirthlin Family. He will be greatly missed.
Simply . . . Thank you Elder & God Bless you.
He was an amazing man! I loved his last conference talk!!!
What a wonderful, kind and gentle man that he was. His example touched our life.
We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayer goes to Wirthlin family.
My heart is full of gratitude this morning for the life of this great man. He
has taught me much and his most recent conference talk will be with me and help
me through my life. What a marvelous example of one who knew how to live a
Christ like life because he knew the Master. We have been so blessed to have him
to lead us. Love and condolances to his great family.
ELDER WIRTHLIN STAYED IN OUR HOME AND HE WAS A HUMBLEMAN WITH A GREAT
SENSE OF HUMOR.HE WILL BE MISSED.
To the Wirthlin family, thank you for sharing your father/grandfather all these
years. To the family and the 1st Presidency and Apostles, I offer my
condolences, I know that you have a giant void right now. I am
happy for Elder Wirthlin, I am happy that he was able to be productive to his
dying day. I am happy that our loving Father in Heaven took him in a very
peaceful way. I am happy that he is now able to walk with freedom and stand
tall and enjoy again the company of his Eternal Companion. For
whomever fills that spot in the Twelve, my love, support and prayers are already
extended on your behalf.
Elder Wirthlin was a great man. He will truly be missed. Our hearts are with
his family at this time.
The church has lost one of the hardest working men it has had in this
dispensation. Elder Wirthlin's life was a testment to diligence and labor in the
name of the Lord. As a former missionary in Europe, I am eternally grateful for
what he did -- both as a missionary and area president -- in opening doors to
the Saints there and helping the work progress. My heartfelt thanks to the Lord
for his remarkable servant.
What a successful life. I never met him, but he made a difference for me. I
understand a lot more about who I am and a lot more about who God is, because of
After Elder Wirthlin was called as an Apostle in 1986, my grandfather fondly
recalled playing marbles with "Joe Wirthlin" when they were boys. I'm sure they
ball together at the U as well. What a great example to us all of a man who
lived what he preached.
A great man with endearing humor and love of life, family, and godliness. Enjoy
your reunion with your wife.
He will be missed, luckily he probably is already taken care of. I read last
night about a ceremony for members that ensures celestrial kingdom, more than
likely he rocked that before passing! I guess its a ceremony that some higher
ups and other in the church have completed and it basically is to ensure that no
matter what happens after the ceremony that the person recieving will 100% go to
heaven. SIGN ME UP!
Elder Joseph B. Wirtlin, a great apostle in these latter days. I will always
miss him greatly because he has shared with us each the awesome testimony of his
that Jesus lives, that this is the restored Gospel and that we each can be
better by being humble followers of Jesus Christ. We have truly lost a great
apostle. Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your awesome example to each of us of how
we should live our lives.
We are eternally grateful for your service to the Lord. We will miss you
dearly. But, what a reunion for you and your wife. God be with you till we
You will be missed. A great and Loyal leader with a kind gentle heart. May you
reunite with your sweetheart and may you be blessed for your efforts & hardwork.
A humble and dedicated servant returns with HONOR! May we honor his service by
living more Christlike lives! Elder Wirthlin leaves a legacy of FAITH for us
all to follow!'Ofa lahi atu Elder Wirthlin.Till we meet
Elder Wirthlin, a spiritual giant among men, wonderful stories that I and
countless others could relate to. He will be remembered. Thank you.
he was a great man and a great example to everyone. He will always be in my
life. I will miss him dearly.
Till We meet again Elder Wirthlin!Arohanui!
I love that man
Dear Elder Wirthlin will be sorely missed. My condolances to the family. He
was a great man and much loved by all.
The spiritual experiences I had with Elder Wirthlin's messages came when, having
carried out his counsel, I knew for myself that he was right. That shouldn't be
that big of a surprise. Apostles of the Lord give us the whole grain
gospel--that which will nourish. His testimony of the Savior was solid as was
his commitment to his calling. He was a true apostle of the Lord and I will
miss him.May God bless his family during their grief. They are the
unsung heroes who have given their father, grandfather and husband to the world
to act as a special witness. It may be hard for us who do not have a member of
the family in that situation to understand. However, if there are any of Elder
Wirthlin's family out there, I just want to tell you thank you.
We are so grateful for Elder Wirthlin and we will deeply miss him. We pray for
his family at this time. But we remember what wonderful peace awaits him in the
kingdom of his Father.
He was one of the last truly compassionate Apostles. He really did love
everyone, and truly desired to serve more than judge. He was a class act. I hope
they can find another like him to fill his shoes.
Earth is a better place having had Joe Wirthlin grace it with his presence. We
wish his family the best and thank them for sharing him with us.
Thanks to Elder Wirthlin for his humility, kindness, work ethic, and sweetness!
He will be missed. How wonderful it was to see him last year in
conference, enduring to then end with Elder Nelson at his side.What
fun to hear his stories about football. Refusing to take credit for the
touchdown he missed by a few inches.We will miss his words of
comfort and faith. Well done, good and faithful servant!
I fondly remember the talk he gave in General Conference on Love. He was
shaking so much that Elder Nelson got up to steady him. I also remember the
talk on kindness he gave. He wanted to help us remember the true essence of
Christianity. He will be missed but not forgotten :)
To Ann W. Farnsworth (my 6th grade teacher) and all of the Wirthlin Family: My
love and prayers are with you at this time. Thank you for sharing your beloved
father with all of us. We are all much better people for having had his words
of wisdom from the pulpit each and every conference. May his wonderful spirit
live on in all of your lives. God Bless!
He was a wonderful apostle of the Lord. I'm grateful for his devotion to the
work. I know the Lord has called him home to take on another work.
Who could forget the chuckle Elder Wirthlin gave us all when he remembered
running as a youth "with the wind rustling through [his] hair"?! I
always looked forward to his conference talks, but it was the October 2002 that
has stayed with me:"Faith exists when absolute confidence in that
which we cannot see combines with action that is in absolute conformity to the
will of our Heavenly Father. Without all threefirst, absolute confidence;
second, action; and third, absolute conformitywithout these three all we have is
a counterfeit, a weak and watered-down faith."He set an example of
action with faithfulness, teaching that we can only strengthen our faith when we
are trying our best to be obedient to God's laws. In the past four
years we've lost some giants in the Church, all of whom are greatly missed. It
is a joy, though, to see the Lord's work roll on, as others step into the
callings and bring their special abilities to help us in these ever-changing
times. We will always be grateful for the lives and teachings of these great
men, and to their families for sharing them with us!
I always admired Elder Wirthlin's humility and kindness. His quiet and humble
demeanor were a good example to me. I will never forget his talk with Elder
Nelson helping him stand as he delivered his message on service and love. Very
touching. We will all miss Elder Wirthlin. I'm sure he had a warm reunion with
his good friend, Gordon Hinckley in Paradise. I can imagine the two of them
joking and smiling as they saw each other once again.
A truly great soul and head of a truly great family.
Could we all leave this earth as prepared, as worthy, as this dear soul. To his
family, our condolences, and to Elder Wirthlin, you have left many behind on
your journey through life who shall miss you.
To the family of Elder Wirthlin, so sorry for your loss. I know that he is
with his beloved wife. I know you will miss him, He was sucha good man and we
will all miss him and his good works and his sound advice as a member of the
Twelve. God Bless him.
Gentle Giants like Joseph Wirthlin are rare these days. He was so humble and
yet so strong, he will be deeply missed. Thanks to the Wirthlin family for
sharing him with us all these years.
A great man who will surely be missed!! Forever in our hearts and memories!!
Dear Family - I am grieving for you, but know that Elder Wirthlin is beyond the
Veil, with those who have gone on before, especially his loving wife---He was an
encouragement to all of us---
I was about 8 years old(now 15)when I met Elder Wirthlin at the Phoenix airport.
My dad asked me to share with him the names of the First Presidency and Quorum
of the Twelve. I had recently memorized their names. After I said all of their
names, Elder Wirthlin said, "wow, very good, I can't even remember all of their
names." We all laughed at his sense of humor. I'm glad I had that experience.
I will always remember his conference talks, especially the talk he gave at the
April 2008 conference. His dedication to the Lord's work was unmatched.
I was in the MTC at Christmas one year. Elder Wirthlin and his family shared
Christmas with us. I believe all but three members of his family were there. He
spoke. Some of his grandchildren played music. It was a wonderful. Thank you to
the Wirthlin Family for sharing Christmas with the missionaries in the MTC! May you feel the Lord's comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
What a wonderful apostle he was, taught me a good deal of the value of
time..Ironically, Last Sunday, my VT shared his talk on "Come What May and Love
It" of last conference. We laugh and talk of his humor and optimism of life..
I love Elder Wirthlin with all my heart. His example and dedication has been an
inspiration to me. I knew his love for the Savior by the way he spoke and
served. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Brethern who love
and miss him. I know he has been reunited with his sweetheart and is making his
"To Do" lists, continuing the work on the other side of the veil. I will truly
What a wonderful talk he gave last conference. His leadership and teachings have
always inspired me to be more Christ-like.
Our family will miss you sweet Elder Wirthlin.
What a joyous time that we see this Brother moving on to be reunited with his
wife. What a great example to us all that he kept working to the very end. While
we look back on this great brothers life may we look forward also. As president
Hinckley put it "the best is yet to come" as quoted by Henry B. Eyring at
President Hinckley's funeral
See you in the Millenium Joseph.
My husband absolutely loved Elder Wirthlin's conference talk. He quotes it all
the time. He was a great man, and a perfect example to us all.
At a time like this, all that can be said is "come what may, and love it."
It was as wonderful to know Elder Wirthlin as it was to hear his talks. His
quiet compassion for his fellowman, his concern for the one and his ability to
reach out exemplified for me his love for the Savior and his Special Witness of
Him. I'm thankful for Elder Wirthlin.
What a special man he was. He eluded humbleness, kindness & love. I am
grateful to have heard his testimony in numerous talks & seen his fine example
in living the teachings of the Saviour. Thank you, Elder Wirthlin!
I am happy for Elder Wirthlin who will be enjoying a reunion with many family
members, most especially his sweet wife
Brother Worthlin's talks helped get me into and stay in the church - a true
Joseph B. Wirthlin was a giant of a man, who was founded upon the rock of Jesus
Christ. I have learned more about the character of Christ because of this great
man. Our families prayers and thoughts are with this gentle man.
I was married by Elder Worthlin about a month after he was set apart as an
apostle. What a marvelous experience that was. He met with us a week before the
ceremony at the exact time of the ceremony in his office. I have always
cherished that visit and the counsel that he gave me at that time. Thank you
for your testimony and your example. You have touched my life forever.
You will be missed here in earth. You have touched many lives . What an amazing
reunion happening right now
I am so thankful for Elder Wirthlin and the men he served with for their
willingness to serve the Lord (and us) with all they have. I am thankful to all
those who have posted such loving and thoughtful messages. It reaffirms my
faith in trying times.
I can see him going through the veil and embracing Him of whom Elder Wirthlin
eloquently testified is the Redeemer of the world.
Farewell dear soul. Thank you.
Inspiring person, he will be missed.
He will be missed, a great man with a great message.
I will greatly miss his conference talks and his wonderful example. His talk a
few years ago on "The Virtue of Kindness" had a great affect on me and helped
give me a greater desire to treat others with more kindness. He was truly a
giant among men.
I always looked forward to his talks. You can't fake that kind of gentleness,
goodness, and wisdom.
He will be forever missed in conference talks and countless contirbution to the
This wonderful man had a way with words. I, too, found his last Conference talk
so wonderful that I shared it with my visiting teaching sisters this month. We
will miss you, Elder Wirthlin, but through your words to us, your spirit and
testimony live on. Thank you for your example and service. You are loved my
many who never had the opportunity to shake your hand.
I'm reminded of something President Hinckley said when Elder Maxwell died. He
said that even though we wouldn't be able to hear his voice again on this earth,
his sermons would always be with us. Elder Wirthlin's sermons changed my life.
Some of my favorites include, "The Virtue of Kindness" from May 2005, "The
Abundant Life" from May 2006, and "One Step After Another" from November of
2001. I'm so grateful we'll always have his words of wisdom!
What a great life, inspiring messages, and caring person. Coincidentally, or
perhaps not, my family discussed Elder Wirthlin's last talk last night in Family
Home Evening. Such a fitting tribute to summarize the life of this great man and
apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will very much miss Elder Joseph B.
Wirthlin. May his family find substantial comfort in his life of service!
I love that man, I have seen him at the conference center and have feltthe
spirit through him. He is now united with his dear wife.
Thank you so much dear Elder Wirthlin for all your inspiring messages .I
can feel your spirit eventhough I am serving ni the Fiji Army in the
Sinai desert.Wish you all the best , and most espescially for
your humbleness and your testimony that gives us power and strength.
He was a great man. He was truly an Apostle of Jesus Christ. The world was a
better place because of him.
Farewell, dear unmet Friend. .I've long enjoyed your counsels and
your comments in the last two General Conferences helped my recent-convert
fiancee understand why we need apostles and prophets among us today..God bless you.
A great man and leader left the earth. Job well done. A humble man and a great
We loved him, and we will miss him. Our Prayers go out to his Ohana.
Thank your Elder Wirthlin for being a powerful follower of Christ in your
example of humility and love. We will miss you!
What a void Elder Wirthlin has left. Such is the life of a beloved Apostle of
the Lord Jesus Christ. He was always inspiring and insightful, and was always
aware of our problems and always had answers for our needs. And a football man.
Even if it was U. of U.
Thank you for serving my people so many years ago. You will be missed greatly.
I'm glad you're reunited with your dear sweetheart! God be with you till we meet
Thanks Elder Wirthlin! Many of your talks within the last decade have stood out
to me and have spoken to my personal situations and the time and helped greatly!
Thank you for your inspired counsel and dedicated service!
Together again...and never more to part. Rest in the Lord, and receive your
Elder Wirthlin always made us smile. You brought us so much assurance, love,
and greatly strengthened our testimonies.
God bless Elder Wirthlin for his love, devotion and service to the Saints.
Condolences to his family who must know peace in their hearts knowing that he is
with fellow Saints and loved ones, especially his beloved wife. Till we meet
We are sorry to learn of Elder Wirthlin's passing, and hope his family takes
comfort in knowing their father, and grandfather lived so well and helped so
many people with his gentle, practical and inspired advice and testimony. He
radiated goodness and kindness. His marriage was an example to all. Thank you
for everything, Elder Wirthlin.
He was a perfect example of finishing. He was brave and sweet. What a wonderful
servant to the Lord. There is no doubt in my mind who (countless) will be
embracing him on the other side. We will miss him!
How wonderful to read all these positive comments. Truly a marvelous tribute to
a wonderful man. He too touched my life in a very deep and personal way. Thank
Elder Wirthlin stayed alive long enough to see the Utes beat down the cougars
one last time!AHHHHHH!!! PEACE!!! The work is done!!!
What a great example to all and future generations. I am sure he is not resting
at all. He's asking what he can do at the other side because that's what he
loves the most: servicing our Savior and Father in Heaven.
To the Wirthlin family, we mourn your loss. He was a wonderful and faithful man
who we loved dearly.
I was thinking it was sad that he'll miss the Utes' BCS appearance, but now
he'll probably have the best seats in the house! We're all better
for having received Elder Wirthlin's counsel.
He will be greatly missed. I have loved hearing his counsel ever since I was at
the U of U. His words of love, support, and hope will be greatly missed. I
enjoyed being invited to the Wirthlin home for a dinner to celebrate Jane and
John when we were all at the U of U
I loved Elder Wirthlin's sense of humor in his talks! His last conference talk
"Come What May And Love It" is one of my favorites! I taught my Relief Society
lesson on that topic 2 Sundays ago. I felt so good when I got many compliments
from the sweet sisters!
Elder Wirthlin has become so dear to me. His talks and articles have lifted and
blessed my life so much, and given me help when I needed it. I will truly, truly
miss this humble, great servant of our Heavenly Father and His Son. What a great
example of enduring valiantly to the end! I am so happy he can be with his dear
wife, but feel sad at our loss. Thank you, Elder Wirthlin, for all you have
taught me. We will miss you!
It is funny that this very morning I would have read that very conference talk
mentioned in this article. I refer to the talk he gave at the last conference.
It really touched me and made me sit up and take notice. So often in life we
choose misery over happiness. I appreciate his last words to the saints as well
as the many years of selfless service. My condolences are to his family. His
service and love has touched many. How wonderful to have a father, brother etc.
to be close to that is well respected and loved. I look forward to some day
making his acquaintence. May the Lord bless you in this time of grief.
Elder Wirthlin was my kind of Leader! Unassumming, Humble, caring, not flashy,
and teachable example.Coming from me that is something, because I am
basically a Jack Mormon. Someday I may come fully back!
What a wonderful body of wisdom he has left us in his Conference talks. His
speeches are referred to all of the time and he will be greatly missed. Thank
you, Elder Wirthlin!
Thank you for your unwavering example of faith and devotion to our Savior Jesus
Christ. Truly you will be missed.
I've wished someone would write his biography so I could learn more about him.
Will someone please write it!
Life and death are inexorably connected. When a life lived so filled with
humble service to The Lords Church and each of us it is a time of celebration.
What is the worth of knowledge and understanding of Gods Plan of Happiness if we
do not embrace it with love? Imagine the unimaginable, if you will, what a
celebration is taking place on the other side of a veil much thinner than many
of us truly know as Elder Wirthlin and his beloved bride Elisa embrace and weep
for joy in a grasp that will never again be parted.
"Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin has been released from the Earthly portion of his
calling as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator.
All those who would like to give Elder Wirthlin a vote of thanks for his service
may so signify by raising their right hand!"
for your years of service.He was a good man.And I had no
idea he was in his nineties. He had such a youthfulness to him. :)
A giant member of the church and of the Quorum of 12 and one of my favorite GC
speakers. I saw him int the SLC airport a number of years ago as he was off on
his errand for the Lord. We appreciate his family for letting us get to know
him. He was on loan from God.
We shall miss him, his testimony and his talks.When he spoke it seemed he
was speaking just what you needed to hear.May his family know how we have
loved him, and how we to will be mourning the loss, but we know what a wonderful
place he is returning to.Peace he now has, and now he is with his wife, and what
a joy that is for him.thank you Elder Wirthlin Family for sharing your
father with us.
Thanks to all that have added comments. It is wonderful to see and feel from
you just how loved Elder Wirthlin was while serving us all. I loved his talk
"Sunday will Come" and it now it has come for him. I always loved hearing him
speak. I was especially touched by the talk that he gave when he was so weak
that he needed assistance to stand but he would not quit until he had finished
his task. So it was with his life.
I wish I could be more like Elder Wirthlin. He was unassuming, kind, and
dedicated to his God, family, and community. He didn't aspire for power, but did
the rights things for the right reasons.
We read his talk for our last 4th sunday lesson. He did come to our stake
conference when I was younger too. Great man.
Thank you for showing us how to serve our Saviour. A truly dedicated brother who
will be sorely missed. God speed, Elder Wirthlin, we love you!
I can truly say that he was my favorite apostle. The spirit was always with him
and he knew how to touch your heart. He has strengthened my testimony and I will
miss him terribly. Thank you so much Elder Wirthlin for your dedication to the
church and for your faithful attitude.
Elder Wirthlins first assignment as an Apostle was to change the stake
presidency in Vernon, BC. He asked me to be first counselor, just a few months
after we moved to Canada from England. I shall never forget his wit and humble
attitude for the work. His last talk in general conference was wonderful and
showed that wit and humor, and depth of spirit. We shall miss him.
He was a great motivator, an outstanding missionary, an inspirational leader of
people, especially missionaries, a great story teller of his life experiences,
always with a moral underlying every one, everlasting for me. Thank you, Elder
Wirthlin, for a life well examplified.
I had the honor to get acquainted with Elder Wirthlin in 1979 when he called and
set me apart as the Stake President. He was serving at that time as the
Southeast Area President. He helped us through some very difficult and trying
times along with Elder Mark E. Petersen. He was a very humble man, but also a
man of great strength and courage. I grew to love this very special man. He was
truly one of the great leaders of this dispensation. Our prayers are with his
Such fun and wit, and such brotherly love.Now he'll be free to roam the
sidelines at the next Utah football game... So GO Utes! You better win this
one.I will miss Elder Wirthlin, and am thankful to have first met him in
his office when he headed Europe many years ago. We last saw each other a year
ago and reminisced our football loyalties.Such brotherhood comes only
through the Gospel.A Cougar from Finland
A man who practiced what he preached, it was wonderful to hear that a man,
humble as he was had such a great testimony and love for the savior. He will be
missed. I loved his talk that he just gave in conference, come what may and love
What a great servant of the Lord. You will be missed
I loved Elder Wirthlin's talks. they always seemed so profound and helped me
tremendously. He also had a great sense of humor. He visited our mission once
and after my mission president watched him work until very late Saturday night
interviewing and getting up extremely early Sunday morning to talk to the
missionaries, he asked Elder Wirthlin when he had time to sleep. Elder
Wirthlin, "I get my sleep during the meetings"! I'll sure miss him.
El discurso que mas me impresiono fue sobre el amor que dio el ao pasado y pude
sentir el espiritu tan fuerte y me confirmo que fue llamado por Dios.
Elder Wirthlin came to Houston Texas where I was a missionary. I will never
forget shaking his hand and feeling the love he had for missionary work and the
work of the Lord. He will be missed. He was a giant among men.
"Come What May and Love it"Those six words just about sum up Elder
Wirthlin. He was and is a man of great faith, hard work, and loving kindness. He
realized and told, in the above talk, that if life was created for us, we might
as well jump all the way in and love it. He will be missed by all of us. May his
soul live forever in exaltation.
You will be missed, Elder Wirthlin. Your humble testimony, coupled with your
gentle humor will always be cherished. I recently enjoyed sharing your last
conference message "Come What May and Love It" with my home teaching families.
It is easy to imagine the Savior saying, "Well done, thou faithful servant".
It's so sad to loose my favorite apostle! I eagerly awaited his talk in General
Conference each session. He had such a refreshing sense of humor and a UTE FAN
to boot! I will have such happy memories of this amazing disciple of Christ.
What a smart servent of Heavenly Father. I always spected to hear from him in
conference day. He always fulfill my heart with positiv words, and humble
atitude and knowledge. I will miss him a lot. Certanly he will be a great
servent in heaven. My condolences to all his family. Love Sister Brown
I will miss Elder Wirthlin. I really loved his last conference talk-his message
really touched me. Thank you.
Thank you for your service Elder Wirthlin.
I was very sad to hear about Elder Wirthlin. He is a great apostle. A wonderful,
wonderful example of the Lord's love for each of us and to have faith with our
trials. May his family know of our gratitude for his faithfulness, service and
love for him. May they be comforted at this time.
We, the members of the church in South AMerica, enjoyed every conference Elder
Wirthlin's inspired remarks, we will surely miss the apostle, but more than that
the incredible human being he lived to be.Thank You brother Joseph.
Elder Wirthlin carried a feeling of experience and wisdom; that he personally
knew from experience about the things he spoke about.
I felt that Elder Wirtlin was one of the best men ever. I loved his talks
because he talked quickly and kept your attention with things spoken from his
heart. I hope they will compile a book with all of his talks in it. I would
enjoy reading it very much because every one of his talks was a masterpiece. I
loved Concern for The One. I, for one, will cherish his memory.
We will miss you Elder Wirthlin. Your humor, humility and giant spirit has
blessed me. God speed, Mark
Thank you for sharing your life with us. God be with you till we meet again.
My wife and I want to offer our consolation to the family of Elder Joseph B.
Wirthlin. A man of tremendous humility and integrity! The world will miss you,
Elder Wirthlin. Thank you for your testimony and example, and thank you for
your labor of love in the service of the Master, even Jesus Christ. I know your
service continues beyond the veil... "How great shall be your joy!"
You have fought a great fight and we will always remember your strong testimony
of the gospel of Jesus Christ.You are the true example that the will of the
spirit can over come the weakness of the flesh.
I attended General Conference with my family for the first time in October 2006.
We lost our 47 year old dad about four months before and Elder Wirthlin's talk
touched us deeply. He spoke about being reunited with our loved ones and that
in our darkest Fridays we can take great hope in remembering Sunday will come.
I have a framed picture of my dad with one of Elder Wirthlin's quotes from that
talk. He will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so happy he is
reunited with his sweetheart, what a sad day for us but filled with great joy
for him. I will never forget what this great man did for me and my family at a
time when it was much needed.
God bless him!
Dear Elder Wirthlin,Reading from you in the past years have taught me the
precepts of life. Thanks for coming my way and touching the inner part of my
spirituality with the magic in your words as you teach the word of Jesus Christ
in all your deeds. You will be greatly missed but I know of a surety that the
Angels are happy that you have come visiting. To us that you left behind may we
walk by emulating your total humility, honesty and submitt our goings to the
will of GOD ALMIGHTY. Adieu Dear Elder Wirthlin.
Elder Wirthlin visited Australia several years ago and presided at our Stake
Conference.Here was a person who was able to see through the mists of
darkness blown up by the hypocrisy, intolerance, bitterness, fault-finding and
spiritual ignorance of many who wish to witness the demise of the Church. He
could recognise and teach the simple truths of the Gospel with a level of
humility that is rare.At a time when much 'sifting' is occurring within in
Church I pray that the Lord will continue to raise up leaders of such quality
and I pray also that we all might have the courage and sense to listen to them.
There truly is much at stake.
Thank you Elder Wirthlin for your excellent example of enduring to the end
cheerfully! I am really going to miss your talks! We love you!!
We love Elder Wirthlin. He was an amazing man with a great sense of humor. He
will be dearly missed. His testimony and example will live on.God
Bless His Wonderful Family At This Time Of Loss.
Wonderful man with a great spirit,humble,loving he had great stories and life to
share with us. May his reunion be sweet with his dear companion
A sad day. I have to wonder though if Elder Wirthlin's passing is related to
the Prop 8 protests. The timing cannot just be coincidental.
We often spoke about this Apostle's conference speech and found Elder Wirthlin
and his speech refreshing and interesting.Condolences to family and friends.
Elder Wirthlin was a man of god and an apostle of the lord, we will miss him
dearly.My thoughts and prayer are with the family especally his daughter Liz and
her husband Dan,May lord bless you and comfort you at this time.
What a humble and gracious man. A true witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. We
will miss you...
Another classic talk was the one he gave shortly after his dear wife passed
away. Elder Wirthlin's Sunday has come! We are grateful for his time with us!
I will miss "Speedy", as President Monson calls him. What a great example of
hard work, spritual groundedness, is that a word?,and love of the Savior. I and
my family will surely miss him.
Returned with honor.
Behold, a man without guile!Thanks for your great example. From the DR.
Elder Wirthlin was a great servant of the Lord and one we all have loved and
admired for his Christlike life. We will surely miss him but are thankful for
what he has taught us.
We always loved Speedy and will miss him .. he was always looking for fun and
the most from life and it is no coincidence that his name, Elder Wirthlin, is
an anagram of "Thrill Widener" ... that was Speedy alright
The world has lost a true follower of Christ, and the spirit world will be
better for it. A great teacher he was, he will be greatly missed
I'll mis him; a fantastic guy, great spotsman. EJW truly lived. He now doesn't
have to worry about the riff raff of this world. He won the eternal mega prize.
I bet he's laughing now! hope to see ya on the other side! Good bye!
My life is changed because of Elder Joseph Worthlin. I have been uplifted and
inspired by him, by the way he relates to common people with practical stories
and counsel, and by his great example of love and humility. I will miss him -
God bless the memory of this dear disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When one of our great church leaders pass on - it is always a reminder to the
rest of us of how wonderful life after death will be == when we can again
associate with such great and wonderful friends and family. Love to the
Wirthlin family. We truly loved Elder Wirthlin. He is such a stalwart in the
Elder Wirthlin was a great man, I enjoyed all his talks. It is great he is now
with his beloved wife. He will missed by tons of people. Thanks Elder Wirthlin
for being a great person.
I have learned so many lessons from this man. May God bless his family for
sharing so unselfishly.
He will surely be missed!
Grandad,Thank you for being the man you always were. You were always real
and my grandad, yet an Apostle of the Lord to all of the World. You were always
an extremely private person and never sought attention, cameras or the media.
Yet you never shunned your responsibilities. When our family
needed you, you were always there for us, even with your busy schedule. There is
not a single man on earth that has had a greater impact on my life than you have
had on mine. That is what makes saying goodbye to you so hard. You were the
best example a grandson could have, and I will forever be thankful for that.
I am sad that I wont be able to see and talk with you again in this
life, yet so happy for you to be able to be with Grandma again. Your love for
her was perfect. You are the example for all of us to look to on how to be a
husband and father. In my eyes, you mastered these duties and were perfect. We
are all better people because of you. Grandad, God be with you til we meet
I am not LDS but I too lost my father this year. Sharing the family's sense of
loss, our condolences to the family of Elder Wirthlin. A kind, wise and gentle
voice is welcome in any community and Elder Wirthlin's will be missed by all,
not just those of his faith. May his family find strength in his confidence and
comfort in his words.
I am sure it is a great day for Elder Wirthlin. He was suffering greatly in
this life, especially since his wife died over two years ago. He has gone to a
much better place, to be with her and outside of this life of suffering. He
will be missed.
Thanks be to God for the life and example of this great Apostle of the Lord! We
love you Elder Wirthlin; you are a man for the ages. True to the faith that our
parents have cherished! True to the truth for which martyrs have perished! To
God's command, whole heart and hand, faithful and true we will ever stand!God bless the Wirthlin family this day, and always.
Elder Wirthlin was a great apostle. We will miss his wonderful talks. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the Wirthlin family.
I always looked forward to Elder Wirthlin's talks in General Conference, and
always came away touched and with a resolve to be a better person. I love Elder
Wirthlin and will miss him very much.
the thing that I'm most greatful for is to be a member of the church that is
guided and sustained by men such as Elder Wirthlin.Its as always seeing the
beacon of the lighthouse as one rides the waves in the stormy sea.Elder Wirthlin
was one of many a lightkeeper.We miss those of whom have passed on before and we
will miss this brother as well.
I am grateful for Elder Wirthlin's example to me. I know that his service is
worth emulating. Thankyou Elder Wirthlin, there are so many lives touched
because of your kind words.
Elder Wirthlin,You were a great apostle. Thank you for helping in every
time of need. You are the best!! I wish you the best in heaven, and say hi to
Jesus, and if you happen to see them my three year old sister Necia Bentley and
my Grandpa Royce Trapier! Thanks!
Every once in a great while there comes a man who, for all intents and purposes,
has achieved perfection in this life: perfect kindness, perfect gentleness,
perfect honesty, perfect humility, perfect devotion, perfect charity. Joseph B.
Wirthlin was and is such a man--a just man made perfect. No flash, just
substance. His talks are a distillation of timeless wisdom spoken in the
eloquence of plain, unaffected language. His life here, though completed, will
continue to be an inspiration to me. By the way, his family has
compiled some of his greatest talks in a wonderful book published by Deseret
Book called "Press On."
I worked for the Wirthlin family years ago in the meat business. Although Joe
Jr. was my boss, when Joseph B. Sr. came in there was a powerful presence. This
is a wonder family and my appreciation goes out the all of them.
WE will truly miss you Elder Wirthlin. I sure did love your talks in
conference's but the last one you gave is truly a treasure for all of us to
remember to carry on with smiles and laughter no matter what we are facing at
the time. Thank you for your years of service and may the Lord be with Your
Family at this time with his loving care and comfort.
From all of us in Montana...God bless this wonderful man and his family. What a
truly great example of kindness and sweet humility.
You and Elisa have been such great friends, and I am glad you can get together
again now!Wishing you joy forever!
Dear Ann Wirthlin Farnsworth & family, I honor and love your father. I
remember the first time I met him in person when Ann nearly died in the hospital
and I was privileged to be her Bishop. What a remarkable family. My love and
condolences to you all and thank you for sharing your wonderful father with the
rest of us. He has been a great blessing to all of us. A. Owen Smoot M.D.
Your life was "Wirth"-while. Thank you.
Elder "Speedy" Wirthlin will be missed and it is no coincidence that an anagram
of his name is "WILD HEELED Y SPRINTER" ... how apt for such a fast and
We love you Elder Wirthlin, We loved listening to you, we pray all the blessings
of the spirit to be of comfort to your incredible family. Thank you for your
love, example, and all of your service in all of our behalf. An Apostle of God
has returned with honor.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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