I admit my appreciation for James E. Faust is enhanced by his past political leanings. I grew up with an outspoken Democrat father in a church full of Republicans. President Faust was a living, breathing example that affiliation with the Republicans was not a requirement for church membership. Through all the teasing and ridicule we recieved as a family, I could always point to him as evidence of political neutrality in the church. Its like going to elementary school with a big scar on your face and then seeing that one of the teachers has the same scar. “Being a Democrat was a different thing in the 50′s”, I would hear. But whether you’re a Democrat or Republican is missing the point. The fact that there are Republicans and Democrats (and everyone in between) is vital to the health of our church and national communities. James Faust represented that for me.
Now, I recognize the danger in eulogizing a man based soley on a footnote in the span of his life. He was far more than a “Mormon Democrat”. He was a compassionite and stern professor of the truth. He was a steadfast witness in spite of his physical limitations. He was a wonderful example of a Christ-like life. Many of his words have given me comfort, helped heal my wounds and lifted me up. I will miss him.
I would love to hear your own memories and feelings about this remarkable servant of Christ.