SALT LAKE CITY — Elder Richard P. Lindsay, a former LDS Church general authority, Utah legislator and a passionate crusader against pornography, died Friday. He was 84.
Elder Lindsay was named to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1989 and served until 1994.
As a public figure, Elder Lindsay often defended the right of churches — specifically the Mormon church — to speak out and influence lawmakers with regard to moral issues. Much of his activity concerned the role of churches in society.
After being released as a general authority, Elder Lindsay served as a member of the multi-denominational national Religious Alliance Against Pornography. While working to stem the tide of what he called a "direct assault on the sanctity of womanhood," Elder Lindsay emphasized the destructive nature of pornography.
In addition to pornography, Elder Lindsay worked to reduce alcohol addiction across the country.
In 1996, the national American Council on Alcohol Problems gave Elder Lindsay the Clarence True Wilson Christian Leadership Award for his work in fighting alcohol abuse.
Elder Lindsay was a Democratic state legislator, first in the Senate in 1965 and then in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1976.
He also served as an LDS area president in Africa and managing director of the church's public communications/special affairs department. He also was executive director of the Utah Department of Social Services.
Lindsay is survived by his wife, Marian, and their six children, including KSL-TV anchor Bruce Lindsay. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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