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Joseph Bitner Wirthlin was an American businessman, religious leader and member of the Quorum of the Twelve.Joseph Bitner Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 11, 1917, the first of five children born to Joseph L. Wirthlin, who served as Presiding Bishop, and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin. Joseph’s father supported the family as head of Wirthlin’s Inc., a wholesale and retail food business, while his mother encouraged their children in a variety of pursuits, including music and sports. Joseph and Madeline taught their children humility, honesty, diligence, service, compassion, and faith.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin was ordained an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 9, 1986. He was sustained and set apart as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 4 April 1975 and served in that capacity until he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1976. He was set apart in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy on August 28,1986, where he was serving when called to be an Apostle in October of 1986.
Joseph B. Wirthlin Biography
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Joseph B. Wirthlin was the son of Madeline Bitner and Joseph L. Joseph Wirthlin, who was also an LDS Church general authority, serving as Presiding Bishop from 1952 to 1961. Wirthlin was a half-first cousin of Gordon B. Hinckley, who became president of the LDS Church; the two cousins attended the same congregation as children. As a young man,
Joseph earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. As a standout high school quarterback, He was offered by a football scholarship in the University of Utah, but deferred it and decided to served as a missionary in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland from 1936 to 1939, returning to Utah just before the outbreak of World War II. Wirthlin played American football as a running back for the University of Utah following his mission. Before his call as a general authority, Wirthlin was a prominent business leader in Salt Lake City. He was also president of a trade association in Utah.
For more over 9 years from May 25, 1955 to June 7, 1964 Joseph B. Wirthlin was the bishop of the Bonneville Ward in Salt Lake City. The same day he was released as bishop he was called to serve in the stake high council, being set apart by Joseph Fielding Smith. On December 6, 1964, Wirthlin was set apart by LeGrand Richards as second counselor to Russell M. Nelson in the Salt Lake Bonneville Stake Presidency; Wirthlin was Nelson’s counselor until Nelson’s release in June 1971. Wirthlin’s call to the Quorum of the Twelve came very shortly after his call to serve in the presidency of the seventy. Wirthlin became a general authority of the church in 1975, when he was called to serve as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was the last individual called as an Assistant to the Twelve before the position was discontinued in 1976. With the death of Hinckley in 2008, Wirthlin became the oldest living apostle. After that he married Elisa Young Rogers on May 26, 1941, in the Salt Lake Temple and after a long time of his marriage Elisa Young Rogers died on August 2006 because of causes incident to age.
On 1 December 2008, Wirthlin “had gone to bed at his Salt Lake City home, and died peacefully at about 11:30 pm of causes incident to age.” He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Shortly after his death, the University of Utah announced that the Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin Family Scholarship, an endowed scholarship which will benefit the Utah football program, would be named in his honor. On January 2, 2009 when the Utes won the Sugar Bowl all of the Utah players wore a commemorative sticker on their helmets with the initials JBW in his honor.
Joseph B. Wirthlin Inspirational & Motivational Quotes
- Priesthood lessons are regularly devoted to topics of family leadership, and quorum leaders everywhere are feeling more and more their responsibility to teach and train their quorum members to be better husbands and fathers. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us – even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- A certain amount of impatience may be useful to stimulate and motivate us to action. However, I believe that a lack of patience is a major cause of the difficulties and unhappiness in the world today. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Our computers have become windows through which we can gaze upon a world that is virtually without horizons or boundaries. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Patience with family members and others who are close to us is vital for us to have happy homes. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- It is not hard for me to remember when I was in college. I loved many things about college life: I loved learning. I loved the comradery. And I loved football. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Jesus Christ is infinitely more than a great teacher and philosopher. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of patience. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Many years ago, large packs of wolves roamed the countryside in Ukraine, making travel in that part of the world very dangerous. These wolf packs were fearless. They were not intimidated by people nor by any of the weapons available at that time. The only thing that seemed to frighten them was fire. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with many wonderful people from many walks of life. I have known rich and poor, famous and modest, wise and otherwise. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- We are all busy. It’s easy to find excuses for not reaching out to others, but I imagine they will sound as hollow to our Heavenly Father as the elementary school boy who gave his teacher a note asking that he be excused from school March 30th through the 34th. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Yes, education is the catalyst that will hone and sharpen our talents, skills, and abilities and cause them to blossom. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- I urge you children to be patient with your parents. If they seem to be out of touch on such vital issues as dating, clothing styles, modern music, and use of family cars, listen to them anyway. They have the experience that you lack. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- During my life I have heard many sermons on the Resurrection. I can recite the events of that first Easter Sunday. I have marked in my scriptures passages regarding the Resurrection. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- There are many reasons our prayers may lack power. Sometimes they become routine. Our prayers become hollow when we say similar words in similar ways over and over so often that the words become more of a recitation than a communication. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Many in the world are searching, often intensely, for a source of refreshment that will quench their yearning for meaning and direction in their lives. They crave a cool, satisfying drink of insight and knowledge that will soothe their parched souls. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Great leaders communicate a vision that captures the imagination and fires the hearts and minds of those around them. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Giant oak trees… have deep root systems that can extend two-and-one-half times their height. Such trees rarely are blown down regardless of how violent the storms may be. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- We’ve all met those who seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than others; they laugh more than others – just being around them makes us happier as well. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- True love lasts forever. – Joseph B. Wirthlin
- Experience teaches that when the will and imagination are in conflict, the imagination usually wins. What we imagine may defeat our reason and make us slaves to what we taste, see, hear, smell, and feel in the mind’s eye. The body is indeed the servant of the mind. – Joseph B. Wirthlin