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The faithful scholarRichard Bushman said he finds no contradiction between faith and scholarshipByHanna Seariac Sept 21, 2023, 5:28pm MDT American historian Richard Bushman woke up after a dream about his child’s future worried him. This dream caused him to develop “a fatherly concern” for the futures of all six of his children, so he started to pray to help “shape their futures.” Two or three thoughts would pop into his mind and he’d scribble them down. It became a blending of inspiration and wisdom born of experience and study. He would then tell his thoughts to each of his children on the first day of the new year. It became his pattern: a blending of personal revelation and knowledge passed on to his family. “They love to have me do it. It’s my way of opening my heart to them, how I feel about them, which is not always easy to do with the just run of the mill moments in my life,” Bushman told me by phone from his blue-walled office in his New York City apartment. It is here where the now 92-year-old penned his groundbreaking biography of Joseph Smith “Rough Stone Rolling.” And it is here he still retreats to his home office every morning to write thoughts for his children and now grandchildren, as well as his latest work, “Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History,” released earlier this month.
He’s an accomplished historian, but of a unique sort. Bushman is a believer in the scriptures. He believes The Book of Mormon’s Nephi was real and believes in angelic visitation through the ages. For him, history and faith are not at odds. In fact, he finds the two difficult to separate. “Sometimes people get confused and think that he’s a historian who happens to be a Latter-day Saint,” BYU Assistant Academic Vice President Reid Neilson told me. “But I really think it’s the other way around, that in everything he does, he brings a Latter-day Saint sensibility to his scholarship, to his lifestyle, to his relationships, to his worship.” Bushman possesses a futuristic gaze that has permeated his life. When he decided to study American history at Harvard University, he knew he’d write about frontier prophet Joseph Smith. He would later be called as a stake patriarch, which Latter-day Saints believe is a religious calling a person can have to give inspired lifelong guidance. RELATED
Considered “one of the most important scholars of American religious history of the last half-century,” as religious studies professor Kurtis R. Schaeffer put it, Bushman has won the prestigious Bancroft book award and was honored by the American Historical Association. He’s married to fellow historian Claudia Bushman. Their marriage has been instrumental for both their careers. And their shared faith has been at the forefront.
Throughout his career, Bushman has contemplated the convergence of scholarship and faith. An active Latter-day Saint and acclaimed historian, Bushman’s life reveals a harmonious relationship between scholarship and faith. The early yearsBushman was born in Salt Lake City and reared in Portland, Oregon. In 1949, he graduated from high school and headed to Harvard. He declared a physics major first and switched to math after not enjoying laboratory work. But it was his study of philosophy that impacted him. After dabbling in philosophers Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings, Bushman said he didn’t think there wasn’t enough evidence to believe in God. When he was in school he embraced “logical positivism,” which posits that scientific knowledge is all that can be known. He returned to Salt Lake City where his family lived after finishing his sophomore year in 1951. He said he told his Latter-day Saint stake president he was struggling to recognize his belief in God. His stake president advised him to go on a mission. At the onset of his mission in New England and Atlantic Canada, Bushman traveled to Boston and met with Howard Maughan, his mission president. Maughan heard he didn’t believe in God and handed him a Book of Mormon. “Just read this book and tell me if you have an explanation for it,” Bushman recalled Maughan instructing him. After reporting to his first mission area in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bushman studied the Book of Mormon for three months. One day he was asked to bear testimony of the book and a testimony he didn’t have three months prior flowed from him. As Bushman put it, he recognized his faith in God again. When he returned from his mission, he earned a degree in history, and later, a Ph.D from Harvard in 1961. Bushman said he decided to study American history because he thought he could learn enough background to “be able to tell the story of the emergence of the Restoration with some depth.” Faith and scholarship became entwined. RELATED
The authorBushman was hired to teach at Brigham Young University. He started writing books about American history like his Bancroft prize-winning book “From Puritan to Yankee” and didn’t get around to writing about Joseph Smith in-depth until a couple decades into his career. Church Historian Leonard Arrington first approached him about writing a book about Smith’s life up until 1830, which resulted in him publishing “Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism” in 1984. Five years later, Columbia University brought him onto the faculty. It wasn’t until director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute Ron Esplin talked to Bushman that “Rough Stone Rolling” was conceived. Esplin said he and other scholars thought there was a hole in church history: there was a need for a biography of Smith. So, Bushman started the project in 1997 and finished it in 2004. He said it was important for him to write the history with all the facts in place because otherwise “we’d always be asking the question, ‘if you turned over some rock, would there be a scorpion under it?’” Investigating the restored church’s founder this way didn’t change Bushman’s mind about believing Joseph Smith was a visionary and a prophet. Bushman said Joseph Smith was a “heroic, exalted figure” while also being “depressed and perplexed.” He knew it would be disruptive to write about the prophet in this way, but it’s how he saw him.
“My account is rooted in the original sources and sticks close to verifiable facts,” Bushman said to Jed Woodworth in Mormon Historical Studies. “The idealized Joseph Smith of our hymns, art, and stories is also true.” While Bushman said he has always believed Smith was a visionary, there was a moment while writing his biography where he said he felt like he understood the prophet in a gripping way. It was after the translated 116 pages of the Book of Mormon were loaned to Martin Harris and ultimately lost, drawing a rebuke from the Lord, that Joseph Smith recorded the revelation he then received. “I don’t know if he spoke them aloud or if he just wrote them down, but it seems to me that was a vivid account of a revelatory experience where something outside yourself seems to speak to you in words, in the voice of God and is irresistible,” Bushman said. “It’s just so powerful, you can’t overcome it.” His faith and daily prayers drove him while he was writing. “So, the word is out,” Bushman said. “And what I found over the years is that while some people really ridicule me, they think I’m a fool for believing what I do, there are others who are secretly comforting. In one way or another, they let me know that they are believers.” The gold platesBushman is working with the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts and is writing an article on foyer art and another one on translation. But his latest work, “Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History,” released this month in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the prophet first learning of them, culminates his testimony and scholarship born from that three-month reading of the Book of Mormon as a missionary. The Oxford University Press book goes through the history of how people have seen the plates, both literally and metaphorically, since the 19th century. Bushman describes how witnesses and novelists, believers and critics, scholars and poets, artists and apologists have encountered the golden plates.
It’s accessible and readable like “Rough Stone Rolling” was. After all, Bushman said he tries to write like he’s talking in Sunday School. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said it’s “a really witty book” and praised its thoroughness. “People should not pick up this book and think he’s going to resolve the mystery of the golden plates,” Thatcher said. “I think with this book, they will discover the incredible range of responses that the story of the golden plates has provoked among people of all sorts.” The chapters of the book trace how people from all walks have perceived the golden plates. He divides the book into nine main approaches to the plates, from how contemporary artists have rendered them to how those closest to the prophet Joseph Smith gained testimonies of them. Bushman explores every nook where the golden plates have appeared in history from how defenders of the faith have argued for their historical authenticity to how the impact of the golden plates has rippled outside of America. As for what’s next for Bushman, he said he might compile his previous essays into a book, but he doesn’t expect to write another one. The historian is contemplating his legacy as are colleagues and friends around him.
When asked about Bushman’s legacy, Thatcher Ulrich describes their 50-year-long friendship where she’s seen him as a scholar, a friend and a church leader, she’s seen how many people gravitate toward him and how generous he’s been with giving hims time and mentorship.
“He has so many followers,” Thatcher Ulrich told me. “People want to be Dick Bushman when they grow up.” Scholar Terryl Givens, another friend and colleague, said he thinks Bushman’s legacy will be about how “he modeled a life of disciple scholarship with a pitch perfect bilingualism.” Bushman’s greatest contributions isn’t “just a set of disembodied writings that he exerted his influence,” Givens said. “But it’s the amazing plethora of persons with whom he interacted at a personal level through a lifetime of really extensive interaction and ministry with just a of diverse people.” “He’s modeled the fact that as you grow as a Christian disciple, your talents and abilities and gifts are magnified as an academic and as a historian,” Neilson said. Some people who see Bushman only as a rigorous academic “can’t imagine how genuinely humble and good and righteous this man is.” As for what Bushman thinks his own legacy is, he hopes it lives on in scholars who try to model the best interaction of discipleship and scholarship. “I’ve lived a risky life. I’ve tried to walk this line between the church and the university. Since I was in college, my whole life has been devoted to that,” Bushman said. “And I’m always concerned that I may over-intellectualize the gospel, that there are some deeper spiritual experiences that may be hindered in me because I’m too rationalistic in my temperament.” Bushman paused and then said, “But I don’t really worry about that because I have fulfilled the mission the best I was able to do it.” “Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History” is available for purchase through Oxford University Press and Amazon.
Did you know Stanley D. Lyman was Superintendent at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and was actively involved during the Battle of Wounded Knee in 1973. Stanley and Lyman Counties in SD appear to be named for him. He and his wife June were actively involved in Indian Affairs most of their lives. Assigned to Uintah/Oray Reservations in 1967, helped financing of Bottle Hollow. Born of Quaker stock (parents unknown) in Helena, MT and raised on a farm on the Belle Fourche River (Vale), SD.
Did you know Dorothy Lyman (actress)(daughter of Hector H. was in many movies from 1970 to current films. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Lyman https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/dorothy-lyman
I was reading about Daniel Lyman (b 1784)(son of Rev Eliphalet, Jonathan, Jonathan, Richard, Richard, Richard) and epilepsy, so I put it in google and pulled up another Daniel Lyman today that works with mind/body work. How interesting I wondered if they are direct line? Lyman's at work.... https://familypedia.fandom.com/wiki/Daniel_Lyman_(1784-1870) https://www.danielglyman.com/
Did you know there is a city in Ukraine called Lyman, where did we come from? It has recently been the site of battle, as the Ukrainian forces just took it back from the Russian military. Richard has been traced back to Saxon Lemon (abt 1070) from Lymen, Kent, England. Surprising the influence our family name has all over the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyman,_Ukraine https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63102220
I was invited to the Lyman High School page the other day, and look what I found out about the Lyman Twins. Howard and Herbert (b 1877)(sons of Charles A., Lucius, Orange, David, Caleb, Isaac, Richard, Richard, Richard) What a legacy, of honor and respect. https://orlandomemory.info/people/howard-charles-lyman-1877-1923/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyman_High_School_(Florida) https://floridahistoryblog.com/lyman-twins-of-altamonte-were-famous-on-the-vaudeville-stage-9c6bcb7fd16
I'm not much on bodybuilding, but did you know that Lynn Lyman(b. 1936)(son of Lynn, Lynn, Lloyd, Charles Wilbur, Charles W., George W., Chester, Stephen, Elias, Moses, Moses, John, Richard) placed 2nd in the Mr America competition in 1956. He was well known as a Champion Bodybuilder. Many other Lyman's have followed his footsteps and rose to prominence. https://www.musclememory.com/show.php?a=Lyman,+Lynn https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/90260989/lynn-lyman
Modern Day Lyman, story of inspiration Frank Lyman makes a name for himself in fashion Montreal Gazette email@example.com Fifteen years after a modest opening on Chabanel St., Frank Lyman dresses, pants, jackets, blouses and tops are in 3,000 shops in more than 60 countries. An industry widely perceived to be dying here looks very much alive when you visit the Pointe-Claire headquarters of Frank Lyman Design. It’s housed in a multi-million-dollar, custom-made building on Sources Blvd., and the full parking lot makes it clear there’s plenty of activity. More than 100 people work on-site, including six fashion designers, supplying mid to high-end women’s clothing to retailers around the world. In addition, the company employs about 250 contractors and sales representatives. About 98 per cent of what the company sells is made in Canada, “within a 30-kilometre radius of this building.” says the man whose name is on the label. It’s a point of particular pride for Lyman. “We’d like to keep the work in Canada, too. We pay a little more but it pays off,” he said. “People recognize the quality and confection of Canadian-made garments,” adds daughter Stephanie, 39, now the president of the company that also employs her two older brothers, Eric and Patrick. The Concordia University graduate took over from her father as president in February. He’s still the CEO. “I was born into (the business),” she said. “It was dinner-table conversation growing up. My dad was in it, my mom (Carolle) had a clothing store in Dorval for many years. I remember trying on adult-size dresses at home when I was 7 or 8, and worked part-time with my dad and mother from a very young age.” Lyman, who gives his age as “around 70,” said it was time for transition at the company, 15 years after its humble beginnings on Chabanel St. in 2001. “We were four (employees) when we started, including me and Stephanie. I brought it to here, it’s up to the kids to bring it to here,” he said, raising his hand. “She has the talent to run this place, like she is now. The fashion business, you have to have it in your fingers, you can’t teach it, and she does. She always did. She’s a great communicator, and she’s cool. Customers like her more than me.” Nothing in Lyman’s past suggested he would end up as a fashion icon, honoured in Montreal on Monday at the Fondation de la Mode’s 27th benefit evening as a “visionary trendsetter” for Canadian fashion design, “a champion at sales and marketing” and “an example for those entering the field.” He grew up in a family of seven children “on the wrong side of the tracks” in Dorval. “Nobody on our street had cars, but we had fun.” His father, Duncan, walked to his job as foreman for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. “I think my dad missed one work day in his life — when his mother died. He worked until he was 85. I said I’d never work like him, but I understand him now. It becomes part of you,” Lyman said. He left school after Grade 10 with vague ambitions of a career playing rock ‘n’ roll guitar with his garage band, The Wonders. Once that wore off, he held a series of random jobs that included working at a glue factory and hauling potatoes at chip company Humpty Dumpty. It was during a period of inactivity that his life changed forever. “I went to the Unemployment Insurance office downtown and the guy asked me what I was hoping to find. I listed a bunch of things, including travel and a car, and he said ‘that’s interesting, I just got this posting, and some of those things are on it.’ So I went over to the Mount Royal Hotel, wearing my one and only suit, and met Joe Shackett, who represented a number of women’s clothing companies. He hired me. And as soon as I got into it, I said ‘I’m not doing anything else. This is exciting.’ ” Lyman spent the next six years in his employ, travelling extensively. “I learned a lot from Joe — most importantly, never take no for an answer. He was like a second father to me. The reason I finally quit is that I got married, and I couldn’t continue being on the road throughout Quebec and Ontario 48 weeks a year.” (Fifty years later, he and Carolle are still married). A year selling insurance convinced Lyman that fashion was his true calling, and he found another job working at Joseph Ribkoff, where he remained 25 years, moving from showroom salesman to director of sales and then management. “After that, I spent a couple of years working on my golf game and playing the stock market. The golf game got worse and the stock market wasn’t motivating enough so I decided I had to get back to what I loved.” He found a vacant 10,000-square-foot location on Chabanel, rented it and spent the next several months rounding up equipment and clients and working on designs. Six months later, the first garments were ready for shipment. “I hand-delivered our first box to a client on Taschereau Blvd., Morty Baron, who had a store called Renée Riche. He opened it while I was there and a woman in the store asked if she could try on one of the items, a pantsuit. She looked like a million bucks and bought it on the spot. I remember it to this day,” Lyman said. Soon, he and Stephanie had a growing list of Canadian and U.S. clients. In 2003, they started shipping to Ireland and the U.K. Now, Frank Lyman dresses, pants, jackets, blouses and tops are in 3,000 shops in more than 60 countries. When operations outgrew the Chabanel digs, the company relocated to the West Island, investing about $10 million in its new headquarters, which opened in 2014. It’s 60,000 square feet, more than half of it warehouse. Sales have gone from about $1 million the first year to more than $75 million now, about evenly split between North America and the rest of the world. Why has this company thrived while so many others in the Quebec needle trade folded? Lyman said it’s because they stay on top of fashion trends, stay out of the ultracompetitive budget segment of the market, and deal primarily with independent retailers. Head designer Johanne Baron also has been a key piece of the puzzle. “Good operators always seem to survive,” he said. “But you’ve got to be on top of the business today like never before. You could get away with a lot before, now you can’t. It changes all the time. “If you give clients the right items to sell, they’ll come back for more. Our dresses are investment dresses. You can wear them year after year. And they’re for all ages. We have customers in their 90s and they look fantastic.”
William Roy (Link) Lyman (b 1898)(son of Edwin, William Graves, William Graves, Rufus, Rufus, John, John, John, Lieut John, Richard) was a football player and coach, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_Lyman https://www.profootballhof.com/players/william-roy-link-lyman/
Thank You Stephen Lyman we appreciate your artwork and representation of the Lyman family name.
President James E. Faust, 87, Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a general authority for nearly 35 years, died early today. A news release from the LDS Church said he died at his home of "causes incident to age," surrounded by his family. The time of death was reported as 12:20 a.m. Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. Bruce Olsen, managing director of Church Public Affairs, said this morning that President Faust's "gentle manner and depth of knowledge, which was an important part of his ministry for nearly 35 years, will be missed." "He was a true Christian who spoke and wrote with wit and wisdom," Olsen said. "Many members of the church loved his unique way of teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ at General Conference."Olsen said church members around the world are calling to extend to President Faust's family their heartfelt condolences. · · · · · President Faust was set apart as Second Counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley on March 12, 1995, and served there for nearly 12 1/2 years. He was ordained an apostle on Oct. 1, 1978, at the age of 58, and served in the Quorum of the Twelve for 16 years. One of his last notable public appearances was on June 23, 2007, the occasion of President Gordon B. Hinckley's 97th birthday and also the dedication of the new Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center at Provo's Brigham Young University. "These past 12 years have been a tremendous blessing to serve with him and Thomas S. Monson and see quite literally the Lord working through a prophet," President Faust said during the dedication. In his final General Conference address on April 1, 2007, President Faust extolled the healing power of forgiveness. "Let us remember that we need to forgive to be forgiven," he said. "In the words of one of my favorite hymns, 'Oh, forgive as thou wouldst be/E'en forgiven now by me.' With all my heart and soul, I believe in the healing power that can come to us as we follow the counsel of the Savior 'to forgive all men.'" His physical mobility had been limited the past several years and he delivered remarks from a seated position. During his years as a general authority, he was president of the church's international mission, general authority adviser for South America, executive director of the Church Curriculum Department, director of Welfare Services and editor of the church's three monthly magazines — Friend, Ensign and New Era. He had also served as managing director for the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA. President Faust was sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve on Oct. 6, 1972. He was called to the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1976. He had also served as stake president of the Cottonwood Stake (1956-68), on the high council in the Big Cottonwood Stake (1947-48) and as bishop in the Big Cottonwood Ward (1949-55) and as counselor in the bishopric of that ward. He was called as a regional representative for the church in 1968. He was also chairman of the Jordan Valley Bishops Council and a second counselor in the Cottonwood Stake Presidency, 1955-56. President Faust served a mission to Brazil from 1939-42, where he was a district president. In 1998, he received a Brazilian national citizenship award — an honor given to only a few world leaders — and was awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Sao Paulo. A 1937 graduate of Granite High School, he lettered in football and track and was also a prosecuting attorney in student court. He was later inducted into the Granite High Hall of Fame. He was also a 1948 graduate of the University of Utah School of Law, where he received a bachelor of arts and a juris doctorate degree. He ran the quarter-mile and was a member for the mile relay team for the U. in 1938. His college education was interrupted by service during World War II in the U.S. Air Force, from which he was discharged as a first lieutenant. He practiced law in Salt Lake City from 1948 until his call to be a general authority in 1972. He had served as president of the Utah Bar Association from 1962-63 and as a member of the Utah Legislature on the Democratic ticket from 1949-51. While a legislator, he also served as chairman of the House liquor investigation committee. President John F. Kennedy also appointed him to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Racial Unrest. He had also been a member of the Constitutional Revision Committee for the State of Utah. and had been an adviser to the American Bar Journal. Former Utah Gov. Scott Matheson had appointed him state director of the Friendshipping Force. President Faust also served on the board of the Deseret News Publishing Co. from 1970 to 1996. That service included being vice president and chairman of the executive committee. He had also been a trustee of Ballet West and had been in the board of directors for Commercial Security Bank. In 1997, he was given an honorary degree of Christian service by Brigham Young University. The University of Utah awarded him an honorary degree in 2002. He was characterized as a high school football letterman, a husband, father, church leader andthe "family Google" by the Brigham Young University Management Society when he was honored with its "Distinguished Utahn" award in 2006. His daughter, Janna F. Coombs, called him "a great family patriarch," who teaches his children and grandchildren from the experiences of his "rich and righteous life," after he received that award. President Faust's own humility and humor was also evident when he received that award: "I'm sure that I don't deserve this honor," President Faust said in accepting the award. "But as Jack Benny once said, 'I don't deserve this honor. But then I have arthritis, and I don't deserve that, either.'" In 2003, President Faust became the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He told society members that lawyers, sometimes accused of being greedy, should always put the interest of clients first. He recalled that, after covering his expenses, he earned a mere $3 from his first client, but never wanted for material things. He also told society members that the laws of men are hardly enough for a civilized society to survive on. Those who keep the laws of God have no need to break the laws of men, he said. · · · · · President Faust was born July 31, 1920, in Delta, one of five sons to George A. Faust and Amy Finlinson Faust. He learned early in life the value of honest work, both at home and at the farms of his grandparents in central Utah. When he was 3 years old, his family moved to a house on Norris Place in Salt Lake City and attended the 11th Ward. During his formative years, he was influenced by many church leaders and teachers. One bishop, President Faust said, was T.C. Stayner who had two themes: Be honest and keep your word. "He repeated those over and over and over. It got to the point where it was completely predictable, and a little bit tiresome, but the message stuck. I am grateful for a man of integrity who had that kind of influence on me." Hunting and fishing were among his favorite leisure activities in his young adult days. He met his wife, Ruth Wright, while attending Granite High. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 21, 1943. The gospel was always an important part in President Faust's life, as well as that of his wife. "The church is our life. We have always honored the calls that have come to us because we know this is the Lord's church." "I can't even remember when I didn't have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I think this has been an inherent spiritual gift." His church callings before becoming a general authority of the church included bishop, stake high councilor, stake president and regional representative. He was called as a counselor in his ward Sunday School superintendency at age 17. When called as an assistant to the Twelve in 1972, President Faust said, "I'm not only humbled, I'm scared. I will need help, especially from the Lord, or I will be inadequate." After being called to the Twelve, then-Elder Faust said, "I understand that a chief requirement for the holy 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." Later on in his address he pledged to God and the prophet "my life, and whatever energy and little ability I may have, fully and completely and without reservation." · · · · · President Faust often mentioned the warm, close relationship he had with his family. "When children get older and settled, your relationship with them is different," he said. "They are not only children but good friends." Family and loved ones always came first for President Faust, his wife, Ruth, said. She once mentioned two examples that were highlighted in a profile of President Faust that appeared in an article by Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve in the August 1995 Ensign, five months after President Faust was sustained as second counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley in the First Presidency. The first example concerned his initial call as an assistant to the Twelve in October 1972. "We had a special family home evening, including the only grandchild back then," Sister Faust recalled. "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 grandfather.'" In the second example, when he was called to the First Presidency in March 1995, President Faust did the very same thing. In 1995 the teaching involved 22 grandchildren and ended with President Faust 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." One example of his deep devotion to Sister Faust might be gauged by the fact that while they were separated as newlyweds during World War II, he wrote a letter every day to her. The letters arrived irregularly, and one day Sister Faust received 90 letters. Her employer gave her the afternoon off to go home and read them. In this same magazine article, daughter Lisa observed that, "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." When President Faust was called to the Quorum of the Twelve and while he was receiving congratulations from the brethren on the stand, his chief concern was: "Where's my wife?" Even later on, when he gave conference addresses, he was quick to look over to receive Sister Faust's smiling approval. "What would you have been without your wife, Ruth?" President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, once asked President Faust. "It shocked me a little even to think about what life would be and would have been without her," he said 24 hours later. He and Sister Faust had five children, 23 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. Contributing: Tom Hatch
MARIONHANKS Obituary| Condolences Marion Duff Hanks 1921 ~ 2011 Marion Duff Hanks died August 5, 2011 at the age of 89, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of causes incident to age.Elder Marion D. Hanks was one of the great souls born to this earth. He lived his life by the teachings in the Holy Scriptures, with which he was intimately acquainted and which he loved so deeply, and taught as no other. He was a teacher, a scholar, a defender, a great intellect, and a servant, but above all, he was a man of God. Elder Hanks was born into poverty but was unfailingly generous with his time, money and spirit to all who needed him. He was fatherless from his babyhood, but was a mentor, counselor, protector, leader and father to innumerable others. He believed the words of the Savior and chose the weightier matters of life judgment, mercy, and faith. He felt that he personally needed to feed the hungry, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, defend the defenseless, and comfort those who mourned. He loved his family and was kind and courtly, courteous and generous to everyone he met. Elder Hanks was commanding and charismatic. He was an advisor to five Presidents of the United States, serving on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was a local, national and international leader of many organizations including Rotary, Ouelessebougou Alliance, Enterprise Mentors, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, Utah Boys Ranch, Salt Lake Cancer Society, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and numerous others. Elder Hanks was a consummate community bridge builder. He spent many years on the Board of Trustees for Brigham Young University. He possessed a strong mind with a deep capacity for language and thought. He was serious from his childhood. He resisted the proud. Elder Hanks succeeded in many arenas, but the focus of his life was the Kingdom of God and all of God's children. Elder Hanks was born October 13, 1921 in Salt Lake City to Stanley A. and Maude Frame Hanks. He was married to Maxine Lehua Christensen in the Hawaii Temple in 1949. They are the parents of five children. He graduated from the University of Utah Law School, served an LDS mission to the Northern States Mission, and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. At the age of 31, Elder Hanks was called by President David O. McKay to serve as a General Authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent the next 40 years serving others across the earth with Maxine. He served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy on three occasions, as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve, as a Mission President in London, England, Area President/Supervisor in Hong Kong, the Pacific Isles, Central Utah, South America, and the Atlantic Northeast Areas, editor of the New Era Magazine, Director of the Correlation Committee, Military Relations and Chaplains, The Priesthood Department, and President of the Salt Lake Temple, to name but a few. He traveled on multiple occasions to Vietnam, during that war, in order to comfort and meet with LDS servicemen. He would stay up late into the night dictating letters to the servicemen's families that he had visited. In Asia, he was the catalyst for the creation of the refugee programs for the Church in Thailand and the Philippines. Elder Hanks influenced the lives of thousands of students as a teacher of the Book of Mormon in Seminary and Institute classes for many years. He was always willing to say 'yes' to one more request and filled innumerable speaking assignments. He loved the Temple, and was beloved by all who worked with him there. He was a gifted athlete who loved sports and excelled in basketball, handball and squash. He loved his country deeply. He also loved literature and books and would often quote long passages of Shakespeare. He loved to chop wood, shovel snow, move rocks in the stream at Aspen Grove, and occasionally go home to the Hawaiian Islands with Maxine. His wife and partner in all things, Maxine, has taken care of Duff throughout his long illness with devotion, passion, and love. His five children love and honor him and are so grateful to have had such a kind, wise and remarkable father who gave each of them the gift of unconditional love. Elder Marion Duff Hanks is survived by his wife, Maxine and their five children: Susan (Paul) Maughan, Nancy (John) Baird, Ann (Spencer) Clawson, Mary (Chris) Clifford, Richard (Liz) Hanks, 23 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. His parents, brothers: Lincoln and Bruce, and sisters: Jeanette, Maurine, Beulah and Maude May all preceded him in death. Elder Hanks' family would like to thank the many friends who continued to visit him, some of whom could scarce afford the time, and the caregivers who loved and respected him and treated him with such kindness, respect and compassion. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holladay So. Stake Center, 4917 Viewmont St., Salt Lake City. Visitation will be held Friday August 12, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 13th, 2011 from 9:00-10:30 a.m., also at the Holladay So. Stake Center. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park (3401 Highland Dr, Salt Lake City). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Marion D. and Maxine C. Hanks Humanitarian Foundation, P.O. Box 9672, Salt Lake City, Utah 84109.
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