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Faust, James E., 1920-2007



  • Existence: 1920-2007

Biographical History

James E. Faust (1920-2007) was a Mormon ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

James Esdras Faust was born July 31, 1920, in Delta, Utah, a son of George A. and Amy Finlinson Faust. He and his wife, Ruth Wright Faust, are parents of five children and have 23 grandchildren. Faust was set apart as second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 12, 1995, after serving as an apostle for sixteen years. He was sustained an Assistant to the Twelve on October 6, 1972, and to the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy on October 1, 1976. He was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve on September 30, 1978, and ordained an apostle on October 1, 1978, at age 58. While serving as a General Authority, he was a managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood Department, director of Welfare Services, zone adviser over South America and president of the International Mission.

Faust served as a regional representative, stake president, and bishop, and filled a mission in Brazil from 1939-42. He served in the Air Force during World War II. Afterward, he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree and juris doctorate in 1948. An attorney, he practiced law in Salt Lake City until being called as a General Authority. He is a former 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.

James E. Faust passed away on August 10, 2007.


His To reach even unto you, 1980: t.p. (James E. Faust) CIP data sheet (b. 1920; general authority of the Mormon Church)

Wikipedia WWW site, Aug. 13, 2007 (under James E. Faust: James Esdras Faust; b. July 31, 1920, Delta, Utah; d. Aug. 10, 2007; second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; general authority of the Church for 35 years)

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Mark Philbrick photographs of Harold B. Lee Library groundbreaking

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6279
Scope and Contents The collection contains Mark Philbrick's photographs of the Harold B. Lee Library groundbreaking ceremony at Brigham Young University Campus, which took place September 20, 1996. Included are photos of the journey to the groundbreaking ceremony, the entire ceremony, close-ups of the speakers and audience, the actual groundbreaking, and close-ups of the First Presidency and others with shovels in hand. There are also photos of a luncheon held in honor of the event, and Presidents Hinckley's...
Dates: 1996 September 20