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I have found myself missing President James E. Faust since we learned of his passing so early on Friday morning of last week. I did not know him personally, although I met him on one occasion that I wanted to share with you.
It was several years ago, maybe as many as five, when I was asked to emcee a dinner at which my friend, mentor and former CEO Dr. Rodney Brady was being honored. I was nervous to host the ceremonies that night. There were so many important people there. Not only were all of my bosses there, but the entire First Presidency.
As I felt myself growing more and more uncomfortable, fearing my own lack of grace and intelligence would betray me, President Faust and his smiling, lovely wife walked up to me.
"Hello Amanda. We wanted to meet you," he said. "My wife and I listen to you all the time and enjoy you very much."
"Thank you so much President Faust," I said, amazed that he knew who I was at all. "I'm so glad to meet you."
"It's nice to have you here tonight," he added, and they moved on to speak with the many people who were waiting for a moment of their time.
I'll never forget it, or him, and I along with millions of others will be grateful to have been touched by his life.