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

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Utah Grandma

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!

Condolences to the Family

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 hero

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.

gloria J Watson

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.

Barlows in Maryland

A great man who will surely be missed!! Forever in our hearts and memories!!

Barbara-Sarasota, Fl

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---

Kevin Lamb

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..

Jackie in California

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 miss him.

DM in VA

What a wonderful talk he gave last conference. His leadership and teachings have always inspired me to be more Christ-like.

Mark Morphy

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.

LJ Smith

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.

One who heard his words

At a time like this, all that can be said is "come what may, and love it."

A.B. Weston

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.

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