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James E. Faust
James E. (Esdras) Faust

1920 - 2007
  • Born 1920 Delta, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Brazil 1939-1942
  • Married Ruth Wright, Salt Lake Temple; five children
  • Bishop, High Councilor, Stake President, Regional Representative
  • Assistant to Twelve 1972-76
  • Presidency of First Quorum of Seventy 1976-78
  • Ordained Apostle and sustained to Twelve 1978
  • Second Counselor to Gordon B. Hinckley, 1995-2007
  • Died 2007 Salt Lake City, Utah

This biographical sketch is by Elder Neal A. Maxwell. It appeared on page 12 of the Ensign, August 1995 shortly after President Faust's call into the First Presidency and from other sources.

President James E. Faust: Pure Gold

    One cannot really understand President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, without understanding the ordering principles in his life and the priority assigned to his family. Two parallel episodes related by his eternal companion, Ruth, are especially illustrative. The first concerns his initial call in 1972 to be a General Authority: “We had a special family home evening, including the only grandchild back then. Jim went around the circle and told the children what was unique about them and how they were special individually. Then he told them about his call, stressing that if he were not a good father, he could not succeed as a General Authority, adding, ‘I am never going to be released from my calling as a father or a grandfather.’ ” In the second episode, when he was called to be in the First Presidency, President Faust did the very same thing! In 1995 the teaching involved twenty-two grandchildren and ended with President Faust’s saying again how very important they all were to him and that he couldn’t succeed as a member of the First Presidency if he wasn’t a good father. Sister Faust further observed, “This is the kind of person he has been all of his life. Family and loved ones have come first!”

    Accompanying his fixed priorities is immense integrity. The need for this fundamental attribute was drummed into young Jim Faust and his fellow priests by Bishop T. C. Stayner: “Be honest and keep your word.” In countless ways, this advice has been followed by President James E. Faust, resulting in the public and private integrity for which President Faust has been deservedly known through his lifetime. Those who know him understand that President Faust will not yield to mere pressure, but he can be persuaded by principles. Son Robert, his sentiments echoed in the views of his siblings, relates his father’s integrity to the motto “To thine own self be true,” citing how his father regularly counseled, “The most important thing is your good name and reputation.”

    This integrity, along with his ability, resulted in his being elected by his fellow lawyers as president of the Utah State Bar Association in 1962-63. This same combination of attributes was reflected in the way he practiced law and in why he was so trusted by his firm’s clients, who included the local Catholic church. The Utah State Bar Association awarded the Distinguished Lawyer Emeritus Award to President Faust in the summer of 1995, a deserved honor his father, George A. Faust, who was a judge, would especially appreciate.

    By his very nature, President Faust is respectful of those who are in the trenches of public service, reflecting his term in the Utah State Legislature. Extensive experiences in public service made him an ideal chairman for many years of the Church’s Public Affairs Committee.

    Unsurprisingly, therefore, James Faust had the confidence of the Brethren long before he became one of them.

    President Faust’s blend of integrity and ability has likewise caused others to access his wisdom. This was done in the 1960s when he was named to the reform-minded Utah Legislative Study Committee and then to its more broadly gauged successor, the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission.

    Along with his integrity and ability, there is a special loyalty and sensitivity. Margaret Bury, President Faust’s secretary of many years, observes, “He treats everyone well, whether they be judge or janitor.” “I learned from him the meaning of loyalty,” observes his son Marcus. “My father would make two haircut appointments, one soon after the other. The first appointment was with my grandfather’s barber, a buddy from World War I who was so old he was losing his eyesight and the steadiness in his hands. The second appointment was with another barber who would even out the work.” Little wonder that Marcus comments further: “Father has a soft touch and can deal with sensitive situations without leaving hurt feelings. He can ‘walk on wet concrete without leaving any footprints.’”

    Even though he is known to be gentle and loving by nature, President Faust is, on occasion, able to say the hard things that need to be said for the good of the work. His friendship is such that, if needed, he is willing to say that which a friend needs to hear.

    President Thomas S. Monson writes: “James E. Faust and I have served together for many years, on general committees consisting of members of the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve, as fellow members of the Council of the Twelve, and in leadership responsibilities concerning the Deseret News Publishing Company. He is a man of sound judgment, keen intellect, and outstanding leadership skills. He is a good listener and is wise in his decision making. His testimony is unshakable.”

    While President Faust has spent so much of his life serving others in group situations, yet he has also known what it is like to be alone. His loyalty and integrity were operative then, too. Though the only Church member on a transport ship in the South Pacific in World War II (which for eighty-three long days towed a larger vessel to port), he nevertheless worshipped alone on Sundays. Searching out places where he could sing alone from a pocket-sized hymnal, he would read the scriptures, meditate, and pray in private. Often this meant going up to the front of the ship, where the waves would drown out his singing. Such steady, spiritual discipline reflects, of course, special training by his parents.

    Listening among the television audience to his very first talk as a General Authority was President Faust’s widowed mother; she wept with joy over the call that had come to her son. Not only was there fine parental training, but important training was given, too, by grandparents who reflected pioneer and convert stock. For instance, Grandmother Faust told young Jim stories of her having heard Brigham Young speak in the Tabernacle. Decades earlier, President Faust’s great-grandfather, a young German emigrant going through Utah on his way to the California gold rush, met a young lady in Fillmore. He was so attracted to her that he later panned just enough gold to pay for a wedding ring and then hastened back to marry her and later join the Church!

    His mother’s love of the Book of Mormon was transmitted to her son. President Faust described his mother’s “timeworn copy of the Book of Mormon. Almost every page was marked; in spite of tender handling, some of the leaves were dog-eared, and the cover was worn thin. No one had to tell her that one can get closer to God by reading the Book of Mormon than by any other book. She was already there” (Ensign, Nov. 1983, p. 9). From time to time in temple meetings, Brother Faust still brings out a small, well-used copy of the Book of Mormon to share a pithy passage with his Brethren.

    President Gordon B. Hinckley, who called President Faust to be his second counselor, comments: “President James E. Faust comes to this office with the kind of maturity that results from long experience in the Church. This experience, coupled with the wisdom developed in pursuit of a legal career, provides substantial strength in the sacred calling that has come to him.”

    Early on, the gospel seed found fertile soil in James Esdras Faust. When only seventeen, he was called to serve as a counselor in his ward Sunday School superintendency. At twenty-eight he was ordained as a bishop. Since then he has done it all in terms of Church service: stake high councilor, stake president, regional representative of the Twelve, Assistant to the Twelve, Seventy, and Apostle. In each of these callings he demonstrated that a good leader is always a good listener.

   Significantly, President Harold B. Lee, who called President Faust as an Assistant to the Twelve, was also the one who ordained young James E. Faust as a bishop.

    When he asserts himself, it is after listening. Again and again, colleagues have seen him listen patiently to discussions which swirl about the edges of a matter and then create a focus on the key issues. He does this thoughtfully but, if necessary, boldly.

    President Faust is especially adept at remembering people’s first names. Furthermore, when he asks questions, they are not perfunctory. He waits and listens for answers.

    After high school, where he won medals as a track star at Granite High School and lettered in football, his higher education at the University of Utah, where he ran the 440 and mile relay, was interrupted twice—once to serve as a missionary in Brazil for thirty-three months and later to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II.

    Other preparatory episodes in his life show divine design. Not long after young Elder Faust’s arrival in Brazil, Elder W. Grant Bangerter, his second missionary companion, welcomed Elder Faust at a time when missionaries were having very little success. The senior companion watched young Elder Faust boldly approach one of his first houses. Elder Bangerter skeptically thought, He won’t be able to converse enough to do any good. Elder Bangerter even turned his back on Brother Faust to emphasize that the contact was Brother Faust’s, not his! But young Elder Faust’s conversation with the woman at the window led to the Dedo-Valeixo family’s joining the Church (Ensign, Oct. 1986, p. 6).

    Many years later, in 1975, Elder Faust presided over all of South America while residing in Brazil. Covering a whole continent was not easy. There were challenges everywhere, but a joyous compensation was Elder Faust’s role in encouraging and overseeing the building of the São Paulo Temple. To him, the growth in the land of Brazil, whose people he loves so much, continues to be “a great source of amazement and personal satisfaction.”

Elder James E. Faust
& Ruth Wright Faust
on their wedding day.
    Chief among the “great souls” who have influenced him is his wife, Ruth. They met as students at Granite High School and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple while President Faust was on a brief military leave and before the long journey into the Pacific.

    His deep devotion to Ruth may be gauged by the fact that, while they were separated during World War II, he wrote a letter every day to her. The letters arrived irregularly, and one day Ruth Faust received ninety letters; her employer thoughtfully let her have the afternoon off to go home and read them! This exemplary love and respect have deepened, as daughter Lisa observed: “My dad has always made it very clear how much he loves my mother and respects womanhood. He has always treated her with a sweet tenderness.” This priority is confirmed by son James H. Faust: “My parents have implemented a philosophy that [their children’s] spouses should be treated better than the children. … It has had the effect of creating a love for Mom and Dad in the spouses of the children which nears or equals the love which they have for their own parents.”

    President Faust’s love of Ruth is underscored by what happened at the time of his call to the Council of the Twelve: as he received warm and appreciated congratulations from the Brethren on the stand, his chief concern was, “Where’s my wife?” To this day, after giving his various conference addresses, he is quick to look over to receive Ruth’s smiling approval.

Ruth Wright Faust
    Typical of his willingness to listen, President Faust was once asked by Elder Boyd K. Packer, “What would you have been without your wife, Ruth?” President Faust spent the next twenty-four hours thinking more about, in his words, “what I would have been without the loving, sweet support and the discipline of Ruth Wright in my life. It shocked me a little to even think about what life would be and would have been without her” (Ensign, July 1981, p. 35). Daughter Janna notes that, along with her father’s “inherent wisdom,” she ranks highly “his great love and devotion to my angelic mother, Ruth.”

    Given President Faust’s empathy, it is unsurprising to observe his regular and specific inquiries regarding the welfare of the families of the Brethren.

    Although President Faust was already of considerable character at the time of his various calls, over the years associates have seen him magnified in his responses to his high and holy callings. Thus his performance has been sanctified not only for his sake, but for the sake of the Lord’s work (see 2 Ne. 32:9).

    President Faust likewise has the capacity to learn from stern experiences. He has related how he cared for the lamb his father gave him as a boy—except for one night. Then, in the midst of a bitter storm, the lamb died. His father, who carried shrapnel wounds from World War I, reproved young Jim, saying, “Can’t you even take care of one little lamb?” The responsibilities of the shepherd are etched deeply in the soul of President Faust. He has been an unusually conscientious shepherd, including his special care and concern for single adults.

    He carries with him a rich Church heritage into many parts of the world where, as he describes it, “the Church is new and struggling.” Yet he not only imparts that heritage but also receives from his experiences abroad, as illustrated by an experience in Ghana during World War II. When Brother Faust was nearly asleep beneath a mosquito net, a Ghanaian attendant was mistakenly thought to be searching for the American’s wallet. After expressing alarm, Brother Faust found, instead, that the Ghanaian assured him, “I am a Christian.” The kindly Ghanaian was just tucking him in. President Faust, a keen but meek observer, is slow to judge with regard to the motives of others. One evidence of genuine meekness is provided when an individual is humble toward those below, as well as toward those above. President Faust is humble down as well as humble up.

    President Faust has offered dedicatory prayers in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, Latvia, and Zimbabwe. He visited and rededicated China and returned after decades to West Africa to help establish the Church there.

    His is an unusual sensitivity and empathy for what people of the world pass through in terms of poverty and political subjugation. He has seen so much of it in his travels. Notable among his extra efforts has been work in the Middle East, both in Israel, including in the establishment of the magnificent Jerusalem Center, and among the Palestinians. He established an unusual bond of trust with Jerusalem’s former mayor, Teddy Kollek. He and Ruth accompanied the Tabernacle Choir in its recent visit to the Holy Land. Under the direction of President Howard W. Hunter and with the help of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who at that time was a member of the Seventy, much good has been done in non-Christian nations in the Middle East because of President Faust’s efforts.

    It has been a long and busy tour for a boy from Delta, Utah! [President Faust was born July 31, 1920 to George A, Faust and Amy Finlinson.] What is past continues to be prologue. His seatmate of many years, Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles notes, “I have often enjoyed listening to his stories of summers spent at the farm of his grandfather in Millard County where he received an appreciation of pioneer heritage in learning how to solve problems and accomplish a needed task.” The Lord has used him in so many places on this planet, all the while preparing him to serve in the First Presidency in a global church.

    The personalities of the Brethren can be known through their sermons, which are like epistles to the Church. Such is the case with President Faust.

    When President Faust was called as an Assistant to the Twelve in October of 1972, he regarded himself as “putting [his] hand to the plow, and [he] didn’t want to ever look back.” This was in the tradition of the original Apostles who “straightway left their nets, and followed him” (Matt. 4:20).

    In response to his call as an Apostle, he said, “I understand that a chief requirement for the apostleship is to be a personal witness of Jesus as the Christ and the Divine Redeemer. Perhaps on that basis alone, I can qualify. This truth has been made known to me by the unspeakable peace and power of the Spirit of God.”

    In his October 1994 general conference address, “The Keys That Never Rust,” he urged the membership of the Church to follow the teachings and counsel of those who hold the keys as prophets, seers, and revelators (see Ensign, Nov. 1994, pp. 72-74). Another especially impressive sermon was entitled “Five Loaves and Two Fishes,” in which he described the faith and devotion of those who seem to have so little to offer in the service of the Master and yet give all that they have (see John 6:5-14). He spoke movingly of the “many nameless people with gifts equal only to five loaves and two small fishes [who] magnify their callings and serve without attention or recognition, feeding literally thousands” (Ensign, May 1994, p. 5).

    President Faust thus prefers to speak of important truths. In another sermon, “Where Is the Church?” Elder Faust spoke of how “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is in our hearts, and when it is in our hearts as individuals, it will also be in our great buildings of worship, in our great educational institutions, in our magnificent temples, and in our homes and families” (Ensign, Aug. 1990, p. 67).

    Being humbly grateful for his own spiritual heritage, it is understandable that he would have given a message to his granddaughters entitled “Becoming ‘Great Women’ ” (see Ensign, Sept. 1986, pp. 16-20). All parents who have the Spirit become like father Lehi, exceedingly anxious that our children should partake of the delicious fruit of the tree of life (see 1 Ne. 8:10-17).

    President Faust thus brings so much to his new calling; hence he is unintimidated by present difficulties. He can also scan the horizon in anticipation of difficulties and opportunities which will face the Church.

   In sum, James Esdras Faust knows who he is and what God intends him to do! As President Howard W. Hunter once said to Margaret Bury, “Jim is pure gold.”

    James Esdras Faust was born July 31, 1920 in Delta, Utah.  He married Ruth Wright by whom he fathered five children. The couple have twenty-two grandchildren.

    James served a Mission to Brazil from 1939 until 1942. He served in the Air Force during World War II. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. and juris doctorate in  1948. An attorney, he practiced law in Salt Lake City.

    Then prior to being called as a General Authority, President Faust served as a Bishop, a Stake President and as a Regional Representative.

    His first call as a General Authority was as an Assistant to the Twelve, in which call he served from October 6, 1972 until October 1, 1976. At that time the First Quorum of the Seventy was reinstituted and President Faust was released as an Assistant to the Twelve and ordained a Seventy and sustained as a President of the Seventy. He served honorably and well in that calling until he received his call as an Apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve. He was ordained and set apart September 30, 1978. Since being called as a General Authority he has served as a managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood Department, director of Welfare  Services, zone adviser over South America and president of the International Mission.

    In his community life, he was a Utah state legislator and was appointed by President John F.  Kennedy to the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Racial Unrest. He was adviser to  the American Bar Journal, president of Utah Bar Association and was a member of the  Utah State Constitutional Revision Commission. In 1995, he was given the Minuteman  Award by the Utah National Guard, and in 1996, he was given the Distinguished Lawyer  Emeritus Award by the Utah Bar Association.

    President Faust was set apart as second counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley on March 12, 1995, after serving as an apostle for 16 years.

    President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at his home early August 10, 2007 surrounded by his family.

    President Faust, 87, had served in the First Presidency since 1995 and as a General Authority of the Church for 35 years. A Church statement said that President Faust had died of “causes incident to age.”

    Ruth Wright Faust, widow of President James E. Faust of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passed away Sunday morning, February 10, 2008, in her apartment in Salt Lake City surrounded by members of her family. She was 86 and the cause of death was incident to age. Her death occurred exactly six months to the day after the death of her beloved husband.

    Sister Faust was born April 11, 1921 to Elmer and Elizabeth Hamilton Wright, and was the sixth child in a family of eight. The youngest of four daughters, she grew up on a farm in the Mill Creek area of Salt Lake City where she learned the value of hard work. Her work ethic and ability to love blessed countless others throughout her life.

    Sister Faust graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake and attended the University of Utah. While attending school, she worked as a secretary and modeled clothing for a local department store. In 1942 she worked for the State of Utah where she became reacquainted with James E. Faust, a former Granite High School classmate. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 21, 1943 and raised five children: James H. Faust; Janna (R. Coombs); Marcus G. Faust; Lisa (A. Smith); and Robert P. Faust. Sister Faust spent her life raising her children and supporting President Faust in his Church assignments.

    A few days after their marriage, they moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where President Faust was assigned to attend military intelligence training by the Army Air Corps. The couple crossed the country ten times before President Faust was honorably discharged from the military.

    “Sister Faust was one of the great women of our time,” said Bruce Olsen, managing director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department. “She was bright, well educated, wise, down to earth, warm and engaging. She exemplified Latter-day Saint women.”

    Sister Faust served in many Church positions including ward and stake Relief Society president in addition to traveling the world with her husband in his callings. President and Sister Faust were among the first official Church representatives to visit the People’s Republic of China when they accompanied a performance and goodwill tour of the Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors in 1979. She traveled by his side, met dignitaries, loved and encouraged the Church members in whatever circumstances she found them.

    The Fausts lived in Brazil where President Faust presided over the Church in all of South America. Sister Faust came to know and love Church members from many countries and cultures.

    “The Fausts were one of the Church’s great love stories,” said Olsen. “President Faust won her away from many suitors. When they came into the same room, the world stopped and for a few moments; it was just the two of them, as they communicated through a glance or greetings. If you were in President Faust’s Office and she called, he not only always took the call, but also made it clear that she was his number one priority. The heavens are richer and the world poorer with the change of residence of Ruth Wright Faust.”

   Neal A. Maxwell, "President James E. Faust: 'Pure Gold,'". Ensign, Aug. 1995, p.12
   Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, p.273
   2005 Church Almanac, pp.14, 23
   News Release from the Church on the death of President Faust
   News Release from the Church on the death of Ruth Wright Faust

Selected Discourses and Writings
Grampa Bill believes this to be the most complete listing available free on the web of James E. Faust's talks and articles. Please email the Grampa if you note any busted links, errors, or if you are aware of any James E. Faust talks or articles not listed here but available on the web.

You will note that most are available only as text; some are available only in an audio (ASX or MP3) format; while still others are available in both text and audio formats.

To Become One of the Fishers
Note: This is Elder Faust's first address in General Conference after being called as a General Authority and set apart as an Assistant to the Twelve.
Ensign, January 1973  
Reaching the One Ensign, July 1973  
Lost Horizons BYU Devotional, 14 August 1973 MP3
Happiness Is Having a Father Who Cares Ensign, January 1974  
The Odyssey to Happiness BYU Fireside, 6 January 1974  
This New Program Called Special Interest Ensign, March 1974  
A New Aristocracy General Conference, October 1974  
The Sanctity of Life General Conference, April 1975  
Christianity--Repression or Liberation? BYU Devotional, 10 June 1975  
The Keys of the Kingdom General Conference, October 1975  
A Personal Relationship with the Savior
Note: This is Elder Faust's first General Conference Address after the Assistants to the Twelve were all released, and he was sustained as a President of the newly restored First Quorum of the Seventy.
General Conference, October 1976  
The Enriching of Marriage General Conference, October 1977  
The Blessings of Adversity BYU Devotional, 21 February 1978 MP3
Response to the Call
Note: This is Elder Faust's first General Conference Address after being sustained as one of the Twele Apostles.
General Conference, October 1978  
A Testimony of Christ BYU Devotional, 13 March 1979 MP3
The Refiner’s Fire General Conference, April 1979  
Establishing the Church: Welfare Services Missionaries Are an Important Resource General Conference, October 1979  
Married or Single: Look beyond Yourself Ensign, March 1980  
Patriarchal Blessings BYU Fireside, 30 March 1980 MP3
Communion with the Holy Spirit General Conference, April 1980  
These I Will Make My Leaders General Conference, October 1980  
An Even Balance BYU Devotional, 17 March 1981 MP3
The Dignity of Self General Conference, April 1981  
“Brethren; Love Your Wives” Ensign, July 1981  
The Expanding Inheritance from Joseph Smith General Conference, October 1981  
Stand Up and Be Counted Ensign, February1982  
Integrity; the Mother of Many Virtues General Conference, April 1982  
The Blessings We Receive As We Meet the Challenges of Economic Stress General Conference, October 1982  
Enriching Family Life General Conference, April 1983  
Self-Esteem: A Great Human Need BYU Education Week Devotional, 23 August 1983 MP3
The Keystone of Our Religion General Conference, October 1983  
The Magnificent Vision Near Palmyra General Conference, April 1984  
Doing the Best Things in the Worst Times Ensign, August 1984  
The Works of God General Conference, October 1984  
A Message to Our Granddaughters BYU Devotional, 12 February 1985 MP3
The Resurrection General Conference, April 1985  
The Abundant Life General Conference, October 1985  
The Responsibility for Welfare Rests with Me and My Family General Conference, April 1986  
A Message to My Granddaughters: Becoming “Great Women” Ensign, September 1986  
An Untroubled Faith BYU Fireside, 27 September 1986 MP3
Unwanted Messages General Conference, October 1986  
“Will I Be Happy?” General Conference, April 1987  
“The Great Imitator” General Conference, October 1987  
An Untroubled Faith Ensign, March 1988  
The Highest Place of Honor General Conference, April 1988  
The Supernal Gift of the Atonement General Conference, October 1988  
The Gift of the Holy Ghost—A Sure Compass General Conference, April 1989  
Where Is the Church? BYU Fireside, 24 September 1989  
Continuous Revelation General Conference, October 1989  
Gratitude As a Saving Principle General Conference, April 1990  
Where Is the Church? Ensign, August 1990  
The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting General Conference, October 1990  
A Crown of Thorns; a Crown of Glory General Conference, April 1991  
The Lord’s Day General Conference, October 1991  
Spiritual Healing General Conference, April 1992  
A New Civil Religion Ensign, Oct-1992  
A Priceless Heritage General Conference, October 1992  
Father; Come Home General Conference, April 1993  
The Voice of the Spirit BYU Fireside, 5 September 1993 MP3
Keeping Covenants and Honoring the Priesthood General Conference, October 1993  
The Voice of the Spirit Ensign, April 1994  
Five Loaves and Two Fishes General Conference, April 1994  
“The Way of an Eagle” Ensign, August 1994  
Enhancing Secular Knowledge Through Spiritual Knowledge and Faith BYU Annual University Conference, 23 August 1994  
The Keys That Never Rust General Conference, October 1994  
Trying to Serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil BYU Devotional, 15 November 1994 MP3
Howard W. Hunter: Man of God Ensign, April 1995  
Heirs to the Kingdom of God
Note: This is President Faust's first General Conference address after being sustained as Second Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley.
General Conference, April 1995  
Responsibilities of Shepherds General Conference, April 1995  
Provo's 1995 Freedom Festival Patriotic Service Provo; Patriotic Service, 2 July 1995 MP3
Serving the Lord and Resisting the Devil Ensign, September 1995  
Priesthood Blessings General Conference, October 1995  
Acting for Ourselves and Not Being Acted Upon General Conference, October 1995  
Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon Ensign, January 1996  
Personal Epiphanies BYU Fireside, 7 January 1996 MP3
A Vision of What We Can Be Ensign, March 1996  
The Gift of the Holy Ghost—A Sure Compass Ensign, April 1996  
The Prophetic Voice General Conference, April 1996  
What I Want My Son to Know before He Leaves on His Mission General Conference, April 1996  
Continuing Revelation Ensign, August 1996  
“Woman; Why Weepest Thou?” General Conference, October 1996  
Honesty—a Moral Compass General Conference, October 1996  
The Grand Key-Words for the Relief Society General Conference, October 1996  
Gratitude As a Saving Principle Ensign, December 1996  
The Importance of Bearing Testimony Ensign, March 1997  
Eternity Lies before Us General Conference, April 1997  
Power of the Priesthood General Conference, April 1997  
Go Bring Them In from the Plains Ensign, July 1997  
“He Restoreth My Soul” Ensign, October 1997  
The Weightier Matters of the Law: Judgment; Mercy; and Faith General Conference, October 1997  
Pioneers of the Future: “Be Not Afraid; Only Believe” General Conference, October 1997  
Learning for Eternity BYU Devotional, 18 November 1997 MP3
The Blessings of Adversity Ensign, February1998  
“Search Me; O God; and Know My Heart” General Conference, April 1998  
“We Seek After These Things” General Conference, April 1998  
How Near to the Angels General Conference, April 1998  
A Second Birth Ensign, June 1998  
“The Truth Shall Make You Free” Ensign, September 1998  
Opening the Windows of Heaven General Conference, October 1998  
“By What Power … Have Ye Done This?” General Conference, October 1998  
We Believe in You! BYU Fireside, 1 November 1998 MP3
That We Might Know Thee Ensign, January 1999  
The Price of Discipleship Ensign, April 1999  
This Is Our Day General Conference, April 1999  
Obedience: The Path to Freedom General Conference, April 1999  
Lost Horizons Ensign, August 1999  
Our Search for Happiness BYU Devotional, 14 September 1999 MP3
Hope; an Anchor of the Soul General Conference, October 1999  
What It Means to Be a Daughter of God General Conference, October 1999  
Of Seeds and Soils General Conference, October 1999  
A Pattern of Love Ensign, December 1999  
The Need for Balance in Our Lives Ensign, March 2000  
Womanhood: The Highest Place of Honor General Conference, April 2000  
The Shield of Faith General Conference, April 2000  
The Power of Self-Mastery General Conference, April 2000  
Finding the Abundant Life Ensign, July 2000  
Our Search for Happiness Ensign, October 2000  
A Growing Testimony General Conference, October 2000  
The Enemy Within General Conference, October 2000  
First Presidency Christmas Devotional: “My Redeemer Lives” Ensign, February2001  
Who Do You Think You Are? Ensign, March 2001  
Born Again General Conference, April 2001  
“Them That Honour Me I Will Honour” General Conference, April 2001  
“Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?” Ensign, August 2001  
Brigham Young: A Bold Prophet BYU Education Week Address, 21 August 2001 MP3
The Atonement: Our Greatest Hope General Conference, October 2001  
“Some Great Thing” General Conference, October 2001  
A Christmas with No Presents Ensign, December 2001  
Communion with the Holy Spirit Ensign, March 2002  
The Lifeline of Prayer General Conference, April 2002  
It Can’t Happen to Me General Conference, April 2002  
A Priceless Heritage Ensign, July 2002  
Come Out of the Darkness into the Light BYU Address, 8 September 2002 MP3
Be Not Afraid Ensign, October 2002  
You Are All Heaven Sent General Conference, October 2002  
What’s in It for Me? General Conference, October 2002  
I Believe I Can; I Knew I Could General Conference, October 2002  
Strengthening the Inner Self Ensign, February2003  
Dear Are the Sheep That Have Wandered General Conference, April 2003  
The Virtues of Righteous Daughters of God General Conference, April 2003  
The Devil’s Throat General Conference, April 2003  
Enriching Our Lives through Family Home Evening Ensign, June 2003  
The Surety of a Better Testament Ensign, September 2003  
Lord; I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief General Conference, October 2003  
The Phenomenon That Is You General Conference, October 2003  
The Keystone of Our Religion Ensign, January 2004  
To Receive a Crown of Glory Ensign, April 2004  
Did You Get the Right Message? General Conference, April 2004  
Choices General Conference, April 2004  
Fathers; Mothers; Marriage Ensign, August 2004  
Where Do I Make My Stand? General Conference, October 2004  
The Key of the Knowledge of God General Conference, October 2004  
The Power of Peace Ensign, December 2004  
A Testimony of Christ Ensign, March 2005  
Where Is the Church? BYU Devotional, 1 March 2005 MP3
Standing in Holy Places General Conference, April 2005  
Perseverance General Conference, April 2005  
He Healeth the Broken in Heart Ensign, July 2005  
A Thousand Threads of Love Ensign, October 2005  
Instruments in the Hands of God General Conference, October 2005  
The Light in Their Eyes General Conference, October 2005  
Called and Chosen General Conference, October 2005  
Refined in Our Trials Ensign, February2006  
The Restoration of All Things General Conference, April 2006  
A Royal Priesthood General Conference, April 2006  
Your Light—a Standard to All Nations General Conference, April 2006  
"Beginnings" CES Fireside, BYU, May 7, 2006  
Voice of the Spirit Ensign, June 2006  
The Father Who Cares Ensign, September 2006  
Discipleship General Conference, October 2006  
Spiritual Nutrients General Conference, October 2006  
This Is the Christ Ensign, December 2006  
The Forces That Will Save Us Ensign, January 2007  
Enriching Your Marriage Ensign, April 2007  
Salt Lake Tabernacle Rededication General Conference, April 2007  
The Healing Power of Forgiveness General Conference, April 2007  
Message to My Grandsons General Conference, April 2007  

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