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James E. Faust

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James E. Faust (1920-2007), former Mormon apostle and member of the first presidency

President James E. Faust (1920-2007) served as second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from march of 1995 until his death on August 10th 2007. As second counselor, he also was assigned to be vice chairman of the Church Board of Education; on the board of trustees of Brigham Young University; on the Welfare Services Executive Committee; and Deseret Management Corporation.

James Esdras Faust was born on July 31, 1920 in Delta, Utah. His gospel heritage goes back to the earliest days of the Church. James E Faust's great-great-grandfather was Edward Partridge, who was baptized by Joseph Smith and ordained as the first bishop the restored Church in 1831. In 1937 he began attending the University of Utah, and in 1939 was called to serve a mission in Brazil. Following his mission, James E. Faust served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and advanced to the rank of first lieutenant. During a short leave, James E. Faust married his high school sweetheart Ruth. They were apart much of the first part of their marriage because of the war, but kept in touch through letters. President Faust wrote a letter every day to Ruth. The letters, however, arrived irregularly, and in one day Ruth received ninety letters. Her employer thoughtfully let her have the afternoon off to go home and read them. President and Sister Faust eventually had two daughters and three sons.

In 1948, President Faust was able to finish school with a degree in law. That same year he was called to be a bishop. James E. Faust served as a member of the Utah Legislature from 1949 to 1951, as an adviser to the American Bar Journal, and as president of the Utah Bar Association from 1962 to 1963.

James E. Faust practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah, until he received the call as Assistant to the Twelve Apostles in 1972. In 1975 President Faust was asked to preside over all of South America, and was present for the São Paulo Brazil Temple dedication. On September 30, 1978, James E. Faust was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He has served in various capacities as an apostle, including managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, zone adviser over South America, president of the International mission, executive director of the Church Curriculum Department, editor of the Church magazines, vice chairman of the Welfare Committee, and chairman of the Public Affairs Committee.

On March 12, 1995 President Faust received a call as Second Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency of the Church. He served faithfully until his death on August 10, 2007. President Faust died of causes incident to age.

Quotes from President James E. Faust

  • "There have always been two great competing forces in the world. These began before the world was created. These opposing forces are the forces of good and evil. Between these two powerful forces each of us is caught in a tug of war. In simple terms, that which is good comes from God, and that which is evil comes from the devil. You can’t have it both ways and find true happiness; some have tried, but in the long run all have failed. If any of you young men think you can have it both ways, you are only deceiving yourselves. It doesn’t work that way. It never has. It never will."
“The Devil’s Throat,” Ensign, May 2003
  • "We should not allow our personal values to erode, even if others think we are peculiar. We have always been regarded as a peculiar people. However, being spiritually correct is much better than being politically correct. Of course, as individuals and as a people we want to be liked and respected. But we cannot be in the mainstream of society if it means abandoning those righteous principles which thundered down from Sinai, later to be refined by the Savior, and subsequently taught by modern prophets. We should only fear offending God and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the head of this Church."
“Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart,” Ensign, May 1998

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