Joseph B. Wirthlin

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Joseph B. Wirthlin, the Mormon church’s oldest living apostle, died Monday. He was 91.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Wirthlin died at home of old age.

Wirthlin was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1986, about a decade after being called to full-time church service.

The quorum is the second tier of church leadership and is charged with various management responsibilities.

Wirthlin’s other church posts included serving as a counselor to the Sunday school president, director of the church military relations committee, director of the church curriculum department and as an editor of church magazines.

He also led church operations in continental Europe, Britain, Ireland and Africa.


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