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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 4:50 p.m. MDT

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City, Ut

To Elder Peterson's family--My condolences at this tender time, and want to thank you for sharing Elder Peterson with the Church. I will always remember what I learned from him, which I have heard quoted many times, in many places, from this Ensign article:

"Another misunderstood and misused scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 121:43, which reads, “Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy.” [D&C 121:43]
Perhaps we should consider what it means to reprove with sharpness. Reproving with sharpness means reproving with clarity, with loving firmness, with serious intent. It does not mean reproving with sarcasm, or with bitterness, or with clenched teeth and raised voice. One who reproves as the Lord has directed deals in principles, not personalities. He does not attack character or demean an individual." Ensign,'Unrighteous Dominion' July 1989

David Clarke Pruden
Salt Lake, UT

We mourn the loss of a great and wonderful man who was never hesitant to befriend the forgotten and friendless, and champion the cause of struggling members of the Church with his own sterling reputation and integrity. Like the Savior he served, “we love him because he first loved us.”
The Evergreen Board of Directors

St. George, UT

David Pruden said it beautifully, exactly what I feel about Elder Peterson. So grateful to have had such a wonderful mentor in Christian discipleship.

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