i just got an email about the passing of President Faust this morning, (Article here.) which makes me a little sad, but happy too. what a great man and what a great life, and now he gets to go somewhere better and will no longer be in any pain or discomfort. i can only imagine the welcoming party that was there for him when he reached those pearly gates. seriously, i bet it was a party.
i took a really really good teachings of the living prophets class when i was in provo for a spring term and we got really into the lives of the prophet and apostles. i learned a lot of cool stuff about James Esdras Faust (love the middle name). one of the cool things that he did (yes, i totally just got out my notes from the class and am looking over them) was he gave a 7 word sermon at a priesthood meeting it went something like this: "Remember who you are and act accordingly." which is probably one of the best sermons given, ever.
a few other facts:
-once he got denied trying to get into the washington temple because apostles have different temple recommends, and they didn't know that.
-he said "women need to hear "i love you" and men need to hear "you are wonderful."
-he served his mission in brasil, when he was back years later they were taking donations for the temple that was being built there, people who were not even going to be able to ever get to the temple were sacrificing a lot to contribute. one couple donated their wedding rings and a dental bridge. he bought them and kept them on his desk to remind him of sacrifice.
-a quote for the women out there "sisters, you can not have everything all at once, but you can have it. sequentially. in proper time."
anyways, like i said he was a great man and there is obviously a lot of great things to be said of him, he will be missed.