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President James E. Faust

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Every now and then an individual comes along who personifies the very essence of goodness. President James E. Faust was one of them.

His death early Friday morning at home of age-related causes at the age of 87 leaves an enormous void in the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also in this community where he resided most of his life.

This was a man of extraordinary ability who would have excelled at any undertaking . . . and he did. As a husband and father! A successful attorney! An astute politician, legislator and civic leader! Yet, when called upon, he selflessly devoted his life to serving others through service in his church.

Since 1995, he helped lead the LDS Church as a counselor in the First Presidency. Prior to that, his service as a General Authority, mostly as one of the Twelve Apostles, required endless travel, and at times, extended periods of living in foreign lands. He had a special affinity for Brazil, where he labored as a young missionary. Yet, he did it willingly, even enthusiastically.

KSL joins the community in mourning the passing of President James E. Faust. At the same time, we celebrate the exemplary life of this kind, gentle and saintly man.

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