Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I will miss you, Elder Wirthlin!

I just found out that Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin passed away last night. The timing shocked me, because I had just finished reading his talk "Come What May and Love It", and was so inspired by it.

(It is also interesting timing because my sister just had a baby boy on Saturday and named him. . . .JOSEPH. :) I want to post more about my new nephew, but I'm letting his parents handle that first! more later. . . .)

I had been thinking last night about how much he must miss his sweet wife, and about how amazing it was for him to give that talk. When I first started reading it, I thought, "Well, this is good for those smaller trials, like getting annoyed with traffic, etc. But what about the big ones?" Then I realized he WAS talking about the big ones, and he knew exactly what he was talking about.

Can you imagine having such a busy calling for so long, and then continuing to serve after losing your spouse? Wow.


Elder Wirthlin, you're my hero! I'm so glad you're with your beloved Elisa again, but I will miss you--your delightful humor, and your inspired counsel!


Maria said...[Reply to comment]

I hadn't heard the news yet. I will miss hearing his talks in conference. He is one of my favorites (if we are allowed to have favorites).

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Yes, we're allowed favorites. (Although my list is getting longer...) How I love Elder Wirthlin!

Barry said...[Reply to comment]

I hadn't heard either. I will miss Elder Wirthlin, he always gave some of my favorite talks and I looked forward to them every conference.

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, CRAZY...I just read that talk too and added it to my list of classic favorites! It's amazing that in the midst of their own trials and heartaches, they find their own words of comfort and inspiration to share with us. He will surely be missed!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]

I felt sorrow also. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Our leaders are amazing men, who have such strength.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

When Joseph and I were listening to E. Wirthlin's last talk, we both commented that he was one of our favorite apostles. I gave his talk for a FHE lesson right after Gen'l Conf. because I liked it so well. E. Wirthlin is my hero of keeping focused the right direction. So sad to miss him for a while. Sure liked your post.