"The University of Utah lost one of its most ardent football fans with the death
of Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin late Monday night."What an amazing
description of such a great man!
I was on a Delta airlines flight and Elder Wirthlin was sitting across from me.
Upon recognizing him I blurted out how he was a General Authority."Youre
right.Last time I checked" as he smiled in response.The rest of the conversation
was everything except him. How was my trip? Family? Sports. Church.Very much
willing to engage in dialogue and not display he took himself too seriously in
the process.Beautiful kind benevolent man...
Elder Wirthlin was a die hard Ute fan. He was always at the spring game as well.
I know Shelly and Urban Meyer are also close friends with Elder Wirthlin. He was
a great father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and a Utah
Man.You will be missed
I saw Elder Wirthlin leave the game being assisted in his wheel chair and I
thought to myself, "That is a great example of living life to its fullest, a man
of God and a Ute!" May I live as long and as faithful!
Yes, he was a Ute fan which is great. Of course, most of the older General
Authorities were at a time when there was a choice between University of Utah
and Brigham Young Academy -- or shortly after the change from Brigham Young
Academy. He attended and played for the University of Utah over 70 years
ago.Give BYU another 40 years to see what rate of General Authorities are
Utah fans and which are BYU fans. Then you should let us know if all the
General Authorities are Ute fans. Right now it's not really fair, but then I
guess it's not supposed to be fair. Notice I didn't write it in the SL
I'm pretty sure on the things that were most important "Ute fan" wouldn't
scratch the surface of what was important about him.
"BYU Fan" and "Stop" are examples of the few adolescent, jealous, whiney BYU
fans that will never acknowledge anything good could ever come out of the
University of Utah.Elder Wirthlin was an Apostle of the Lord, and an
avid Utah fan.The two are not mutually exclusive.The Ute
haters and anti-Mormon BYU haters should keep that in mind and try to follow
Elder Wirthlin's example of being an avid fan and a good sport.Utah
Alum / BYU Fan
Amen.I JOKINGLY respond to those BYU alumni who refer to their alma
mater SERIOUSLY as the Lord's University, that if one only reviews the alumni
lists of each school for the names of general authorities it is very clear which
of the two institutions is the Lord's University. And it isn't Blue &
White....Yet.Best wishes to the Wirthlin family in their time of joy
Except for his choice of colors. This reassures me that even prophets and
apostles are not yet perfect. ;)In all seriousness, my condolences
to the Wirthlin family. May the spirit comfort you during this time. Elder
Wirthlin was always a highlight speaker for me during conference weekend. His
last talk was an instant classic.
So many positive lessons for us here. - enduring to the end -
teaching our children correct principles - finding the 'peace' that the
Gospel brings - death is but a gateway to future happinessWouldn't
it be wonderful to be able to face death with the level of confidence and faith
that Elder Wirthlin displayed. The truth is - we can - like him, we just have
to pay the price. Is it worth it?
Elder Wirthlin: A true Apostle of the Lord. You will be missed.
I have enjoyed listening to my father's story of when he and Elder Wirthlin
served togrther on their mission in Switzerland. One Thanksgiving the Elders
bought a turkey and gave it to a member to cook. Elder Wirthlin got 10 Elders
together and they played football in the rain. After the game, although the
turkey wasn't cooked properly, the Elders ate it with gusto.
Auf Wiedersehen, Elder Wirthlin. You have made a great difference in my heart.
I will miss your dear sweet sermons. You always touched my soul.
Auf Wiedersehen is correct. I too will miss your wise counsel. May the Lord
provide comfort to your family. Thank you for your fine example.
I loved Elder Wirthlin and will miss him so at General Conference. I loved his
talk this last General Conference Ensign "Come what may and love it", I used
this as my Visiting Teaching lesson for the month of November and my Visiting
Teachers used it also when they taught me. I always loved his sound, simple
advice. May God Bless his family, I was so touched when I read that they took
turns staying the night with him for years since his wife's death.
I have always enjoyed Elder Wirthlin's talks at general conference. "Come What
May, and Love It," which was the last one he presented, was especially
inspiring. In fact, our Relief Society presidency here in Burpengary, Australia,
suggested this address as the one for the Visiting Teaching Message in November.
I enjoyed sharing his counsel with the sisters on how we can face adversity
through learning to laugh, seeking for the eternal, understanding the principle
of compensation, and trusting in the Father and the Son. He is now with his
beloved wife and the mother whose teachings he honoured through that wonderful
talk in October's conference. I will miss this great and noble servant of God.
He is lost to us for now, but not lost to the Eternities. He is where he
belongs. He was a gift to us, nothing more. Live by his teachings
and be grateful for his guidance.
Thanks for all Brother Wirthlin. A true mentor and example to us all. This is
the caliber of man I hope to become. Your legacy inspires us all to be better
men and women.See you soon,Bill
Brother Wirthlin will truly be missed, but not forgotten. He was a fine example
of how we all should be living our lives. May he enjoy his reunion with his
lovely wife is my prayer!
I will greatly miss Elder Wirthlin. He came to visit my mission when I was a
missionary and I haven't forgotten the spirit I felt when as I listened to him
speak that day.His talks always spoke peace to my spirit. I hope he is at peace
with his beloved wife>
I love Elder Wirthlin, I have been re-reading a book he wrote " Finding Peace In
Our Lives" Elder Wirthlin has helped me as I have listened to his conference
addresses to trust in God that I may reach my full potential ,I especially loved
the talk he gave about "Snowman" the broken down and mistreated horse who went
on to be a champion and enter the horse jumping hall of fame! A story that
helped me when I needed hope that all was not lost...., but needed to have faith
and trust that through the enabling power of the atonement, through true
repentance,obedience and constant righteous living, I can truly find peace in
this life and become a champion in life as well! I will greatly miss Elder
Los ultimos discursos de Elder Wirthlin fueron muy significativos para mi, me
han sido utiles en tiempos de dificultad y me han dado fuerzas para seguir
adelante. Mil gracias por esto y por su ejemplo y muy buen humor. Dios nos
bendice con recibir la influencia de hombres como el, en nuestras vidas.