Joseph L. Wirthlin

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Joseph L. Wirthlin
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Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1952 (1952-04-06) – September 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)
Called by David O. McKay
End reason Honorably released
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
December 12, 1946 (1946-12-12) – April 6, 1952 (1952-04-06)
Called by LeGrand Richards
End reason Reorganization (LeGrand Richards called to Quorum of the Twelve)
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1938 (1938-04-06) – December 12, 1946 (1946-12-12)
Called by LeGrand Richards
End reason Called as First Counselor in Presiding Bishopric
Personal details
Born Joseph Leopold Wirthlin
(1893-08-14)August 14, 1893
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died January 25, 1963(1963-01-25) (aged 69)
St. George, Utah, United States

Joseph Leopold Wirthlin (August 14, 1893 – January 25, 1963) was the eighth presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Wirthlin was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. He served as a missionary in the SwissGerman Mission of the church in 1913 and 1914. He served as bishop of the Salt Lake 33rd Ward in the Liberty Stake from 1928 to 1935. On October 27, 1935 the Liberty Stake was split and the Bonneville Stake was organized with Wirthlin as its first president.[1] He was set apart by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Wirthlin became a general authority in 1938 when he was called as a counselor to LeGrand Richards in the presiding bishopric. In 1952, LDS Church president David O. McKay called Wirthlin to be the church's eighth presiding bishop. Wirthlin called Thorpe B. Isaacson and Carl W. Buehner as his counselors. Wirthlin and his counselors served until they were released in 1961.

Wirthlin died at St. George, Utah and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Wirthlin and his wife, Madeline Bitner, were the parents of five children, including Joseph B. Wirthlin, who served as a member of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Their other children are Judith Wirthlin Parker, Gwendolyn Wirthlin McConkie, Richard B. Wirthlin, a former general authority, and David Bitner Wirthlin, a former president of the church's Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

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  1. ^ Deseret News Church Almanac, 2005 ed., p. 244.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
LeGrand Richards
Presiding Bishop
April 6, 1952 – September 30, 1961
Succeeded by
John H. Vandenburg
Preceded by
Marvin O. Ashton
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
December 12, 1946 – April 6, 1952
Succeeded by
Thorpe B. Isaacson
Preceded by
John Wells
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1938 – December 12, 1946