Friday, December 05, 2008

Funeral Services for Elder Jospeh B. Wirthlin 12-5-08

Joseph B Wirthlin Jr. - Son of Elder Wirthlin
He talked about how they are sad because they miss him, but they rejoice that he is reunited with their mother and others that he has missed.

His dad never saw himself as anyone special.

He didn't pay attention to what others thought. He just did what he was called to do no matter how difficult.

"In living our lives let us never forget that the deeds of our fathers and mothers are theirs, not ours; that their works cannot be counted to our glory; that we can claim no excellence and no place, because of what they did, that we must rise by our own labor, and that labor failing we shall fail. We may claim no honor, no reward, no respect, nor special position or recognition, no credit because of what our fathers were or what they wrought. We stand upon our own feet in our own shoes. There is no aristocracy of birth in this Church; it belongs equally to the highest and the lowliest; for as Peter said to Cornelius, the Roman centurion, seeking him:" ("To Them of the last Wagon" J. Ruben Clark Jr. First Counselor in the First Presidency July 1975)

Alma 40: 23
23 The asoul shall be brestored to the cbody, and the body to the soul; yea, and every limb and joint shall be restored to its body; yea, even a dhair of the head shall not be lost; but all things shall be restored to their proper and eperfect frame.

The gloom of the Friday that Jesus was buried and the joy of the Sunday when he was resurrected. We will all have our Fridays, but Sunday will come. Elder Wirthlin talked more about this in his October 2006 general conference talk Sunday Will Come.

Elder Russell M. Nelson - Apostle
Elder Nelson served on a stake high council with Elder Wirthlin and then Elder Wirthlin was one of his councilors in the stake presidency.

He talked of Elder Wirthlin's spirit of service.

Elder Boyd K. Packer - President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
He shared the testimony that Elder Wirthlin bore recently.

He related stories of Elder Wirthlin erving his mission and being in WWII. He talked about being in the church where Silent Night was composed.

Alma 7: 23-24
23 And now I would that ye should be ahumble, and be bsubmissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have afaith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.

President Thomas S. Monson - Prophet
He compared Elder Wirthlin to the man described in 1 Samuel 9:6
6 And he said unto him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, and he is an honourable man; all that he saith cometh surely to pass: now let us go thither; peradventure he can shew us our way that we should go.

He talked of Elder Wirthlin's football career, his career in the family business, and his work in the twelve.

President Monson stated, "At last his spirit is freed from a body worn by work and impaired by age."

President Monson challeged Elder Wirthlin's posterity that they may live worthy to live wih him again one day as he and his wife are together now.

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