01/10/2009 07:22 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Elder Wirthlin : LDS Church's Beloved Elder Dies

Salt Lake Tribune reports that Elder Wirthlin has passed away:

LDS Church Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the faith's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has died. He was 91.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirms that Wirthlin, who was the faith's oldest living elder, died peacefully about 11:30 p.m. Monday at his home shortly after going to bed. He succumbed to causes related to old age, the church says.

Here is some background info on Elder Wirthlin from the LDS Church newsroom:

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 Council of the Twelve Apostles on April 4, 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 August 28, 1986, where he was serving when called to be an Apostle.

Elder Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City on June 11, 1917 to Joseph L. and Madeline Bitner Wirthlin. His Father served as the Presiding Bishop of the Church.


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Wikipedia: Elder Joseph B. Worthlin

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