James E. Faust

James E. Faust

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James Esdras Faust (July 31, 1920 – August 10, 2007) was an American religious leader, lawyer, and politician. Faust was Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1995 until his death, an LDS Church apostle for 29 years, and a general authority of the church for 35 years.

Early life

Faust was born to George A. Faust and Amy Finlinson in Delta, Utah. As a child, he lived in this rural area. Before Faust reached high school age, his family moved to the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley. In Granite High School, he won awards for track and a letter for football. Faust attended the University of Utah, where he ran the 440-yard and mile relay. His college education was delayed twice. First, Faust went to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in a mission in southern Brazil from 1939 to 1942. Second, during World War II, Faust served in the United States Army Air Corps and was discharged as a First Lieutenant.

On April 22, 1943, Faust married Ruth Wright, whom he had met at Granite High School, in Salt Lake City. The wedding took place on a short leave during his military service, and they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.


Faust graduated from the University of Utah in 1948 with a B.A. and Juris Doctor. After graduation, he worked in a law firm in...
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