President James E. Faust, second counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley, has passed away at age 87.
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My own brief contact with President Faust: In the 1980s, I worked for a man in a small town in central Utah, with whom Pres. Faust had attended law school back in the day. My employer had once been remarkably careless of the feelings of his wife and the respect and protection he owed to her as a husband. He had also long ago left the Church. His friendship with Pres. Faust had never waivered, though, and periodically, Pres. Faust would call him at the office to check up and see how he was treating his wife. My employer told me that himself — otherwise I would have had no way to know what their private conversations concerned — without any trace of resentment that Pres. Faust presumed to interfere in his private affairs. Pres. Faust must have had that rare touch that let him be direct about unpleasant matters without alienating the one at fault.
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