Tuesday, February 23, 2010
When I joined the LDS Church there were approximately 3 million members. That was in 1973. We have now over 13 million. That means that there are approximately 10 million Latter-day Saints with less experience with the Church than I have. What an odd thing to consider.
President Monson, President Packer and Elder Perry are the only remaining members of the Presidency and Twelve who were already in place when I joined the Church. All the others were added to the Twelve after I joined. Again, that is an odd thing for me to consider. I can't imagine a Church where all the Presidency and Twelve were called after I joined.
I was thinking about all those who were in the First Presidency and Twelve when I first joined:
It was (to me) terrible to lose President Kimball. I'd grown quite fond of him from a distance in New Hampshire and Texas. Then when I went to law school, his son Ed Kimball taught at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, and President Kimball would come to visit his son. We'd run into him in the elevator or hallway and I grew even more respectful and attached to him.
Who didn't absolutely love Elder LeGrand Richards? What a delight it was to listen to him.
Elder McConkie and Elder Peterson were doctrinal giants. I went to both of their funerals because I had such a personal sense of loss at their passing.