In Memory

Christian J - August 10, 2007

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.

5 Comments »

  1. I will never forget this talk he gave. It changed my life.

    I cried this morning when I found out. I think sometimes we forget (easily) that these men are doing amazing and remarkable service with bodies that are so very, very weak. It shouldn’t have been so shocking that he was at an age to be passing, but it was still surprising to me.

    Comment by Cheryl — August 10, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  2. In December 2000 President Faust accompanied President Hinckley to Brazil for the dedication of the Recife and Porto Alegre Temples. I was approaching the end of my time in the Porto Alegre South Mission.

    Once in town, President Faust, his son, and one or two other men came by the mission office, since (IIRC) the younger Brother Faust had worked there during his own mission.

    To my eye, President Faust looked quite different in person than on screen. Most distinct was a rather intense gleam in his eyes. They were the eyes of a Seer, and a Special Witness of Jesus Christ. It was truly striking.

    More recently, one of President Faust’s conference talks provided me with some much-needed strength. As I told my daughter (almost 5) this morning (I knew she’d remember him as the one who had spoken from his seat), he’s now gone home to God.

    Comment by mistaben — August 10, 2007 @ 11:27 am

  3. I don’t specifically remember anything he may have said that had an impact on me. But I remember the way I felt listening to him speak.
    There was kindness and gentleness in his voice, in his eyes.

    Comment by summershine — August 10, 2007 @ 11:57 am

  4. When I heard the news this morning, I was really suprised. Then the emotions hit. Because I’ve been “closer” to Pres. Hinckley, Monson and Faust, his hit home to me more than previous apostle’s passings (except perhaps Elder Maxwell’s)

    I’ll miss his gentle, grandfatherly-like talks. I always wished he were my grandpa.

    Comment by Apollo — August 10, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

  5. RE: your post on my Segullah piece. Hook a sister up!

    Comment by Creole Wisdom — August 11, 2007 @ 8:44 am

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