Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have often used humor to deal with the pressures that come with their responsibilities, prompting one LDS educator to dub a sense of humor a gift of the spirit.

Lawrence Flake, a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, told several hundred people gathered Tuesday during the schools annual Education Week that the late President James E. Faust recognized the value of using humor to smooth lifes challenges.

Formerly second counselor in the churchs First Presidency, President Faust thought the ability to laugh was so important, he used to bless new babies with a sense of humor, Flake said.

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