President Spencer W. Kimball was a small man with a great appetite for work

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  • woolybruce Idaho Falls, ID
    May 29, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    If you read and listen to President Kimball's talks he was very direct and pointed (Miracle of Forgiveness as an example). It was almost like his throat cancer and subsequent surgery and resulting changes to his voice were the softening touch so that his listeners would not get offended and actually take heart to his pointed direction such as "Just Do It". Those same messages given by another, or with another voice may not have been so well received, not because the messages were not appropriate, rather it is difficult to be taken to task.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    May 21, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    Our family has a cat that makes a loud purr, just by the sight of anyone in our family, due to the affection he has for each of us.
    This may sound a bit strange, but whenever I just see a picture of President Kimball, similarly to our cat's purr, but in a different way, I get a deep sense of warm affection, even to my bosom.
    I joined the church in 1975, went to Germany, and during the middle of my mission, had a very spiritual experience regarding President Kimball, without even having personally met him. It is still indelibly embedded in my mind, to this day.
    I love him dearly.

  • badlandscougar great plains, sd
    May 11, 2011 11:50 a.m.

    another great man among other great men of God.

  • Slow Cooker Kearns, UT
    May 10, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    "Miracle of Forgiveness" scarred so many people and hurt them so deeply it's hard to warm up to him all these years later.

    I like the book, myself. Although, I'm not perfect, it's a very insightful book. If you actually read the book all the way through, you would know that it gives lots of hope in the Atonement of Christ. It's about forgiveness, not condemnation.

    I'm very glad that the DN website corrected the headline that was printed in the paper which read, "President Spencer W. Kimball was a Small With a Great Appetite for Work."

    I grew up with President Kimball being the prophet. I never thought of him as small. I recall that he was the shortest play on his basketball team, but he was good. That title does seem rather cliched and random. Of all the things the journalist could have described Kimball as...

    Anyway, it's nice to be reminded of Spencer W. Kimball again. He's very cozy.

  • Dennis Harwich, MA
    May 10, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    "Miracle of Forgiveness" scarred so many people and hurt them so deeply it's hard to warm up to him all these years later.

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    May 9, 2011 6:25 p.m.

    I loved to listen President Kimball, I loved his matter of fact direct not beating around the bush. he inspired me to serve a mission and to work hard each day of my life.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    May 9, 2011 2:44 p.m.

    I too disagree with many of the rigid positions President Kimball took generations ago, but I cant help but admire and love the man for his endless energy and seeming passion for caring.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    May 9, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Spencer W. Kimball was an inspiration of what a son of God should be. I personally disagree with many of his positions in his writings. However, my difference of opinion with him doesn't take away the respect, admiration and love that I felt for him as humble servant of God. He was a great man.

  • The Caravan Moves On Enid, OK
    May 9, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    I am honored to say that Pres. Kimball and my paternal grandparents were very good friends. My grandpa and grandma lived their adult lives in Safford, AZ, just a few miles from Thatcher. My grandpa even entered into several business ventures with Pres. Kimball. I've been told that when Pres. Kimball was called to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles that he went to every single person he had done business with and asked them if they felt he (Pres. Kimball) had treated them fair, owed them any money, etc. Only one said he thought Pres. Kimball owed them more than what bill officially said and he then paid the man what the man thought he was owed.

    My dad tells me that my grandfather OFTEN said that the only reason he amounted to anything (and he achieved much in his life, becoming a multi-millionaire and, more importantly, securing the greatest of blessings in the next portion of his life) was due to the love, friendship and counsel of Pres. Kimball.

    He was short in stature but truly a giant of a man.

  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    May 9, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I LOVED President Kimball. He inspired me so much. He helped me so much through my late teens and young single adult years. There is a special feeling for the prohet that helped me through the most iportant decisions of my life. Or, I should say that the Lord help me through him. As each prophet since has been called, I have felt their strength and prophetic calling. The Lord truly leads this Church through prophets and apostles and they bless our lives extensively.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 9, 2011 7:08 a.m.

    Loved this guy....