Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
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“Special Witness: Getting to Know Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin,” Friend, Sept. 2005, 35

Special Witness:

Getting to Know Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

To learn more about Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, choose from the list of words below to complete the crossword puzzle.











Crossword puzzle


  1. Elder Wirthlin had a beautiful singing voice as a child, and even performed in ________ in elementary and junior high school.

  2. Elder Wirthlin ran his family business with integrity. One time, a supplier accidentally charged the business too little money for their merchandise. Instead of keeping the money, Elder Wirthlin ________ the bill and paid the higher cost.

  3. Elder Russell M. ________ and Elder Wirthlin served in the same stake presidency before they became General Authorities.

  4. As he got older, he enjoyed playing ________ . He won the Intermountain Foul-Pitching Contest in basketball, which today would be called a free throw contest, and was called “Mr. Touchdown” by his high school football team.


  1. Every Sunday night around the ________ table, Elder Wirthlin would ask his children what they learned from the Sunday School lesson that day.

  2. The Wirthlins have ________ children.

  3. Elder Wirthlin tries to be at work before 7 a.m. each day! His daughter remembers that every morning he used to wake up early and type his day’s schedule on a ________ .

  4. As a young man, Elder Wirthlin worked at Wirthlin, Inc., a wholesale food business that his ________ owned. Elder Wirthlin later ran the business, and his children worked there as well.

  5. Elder Wirthlin married his younger sister’s best friend, Elisa. Elder Wirthlin’s younger sister married his best ________ , Thomas.

  6. Elder Wirthlin gave up his ________ year of football at the University of Utah to serve a mission.

(See Ensign, Nov. 1986, 95–96; Ensign, Dec. 1986, 8–13.)

1. Elder Wirthlin at age 5 with his parents and sisters.

2. With his wife, Elisa.

3. As a missionary.

Photography by Craig Dimond and unknown