Sunday, August 01, 2004

Elder David B. Haight

Elder Haight passed away around 4 AM Saturday morning, July 31. He was 97, and lived to be the oldest apostle in modern church history.

This is the second time in 10 days that our blog is used as an obituary. I am not in the position to eulogize this man adequately, and I can't say I have hung on his every word.

But from my limited understanding of his character, he was a man that married the pratical and the lofty, spiritual. I see this in his November 1989 General Conference talk "The Sacrament--and the Sacrifice" (available in the "Gospel Library" section of www.lds.org, or this link http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll?f=templates$fn=default.htm will get you at least to the search engine that will let you find this sermon.)

This talk relates publicly the charismatic experiences that Elder Haight had while unconscious for several days because of (I think) heart complications. He tells of visions given to him in this time. To what end? That he can convince his listeners to better appreciate and better understand the role of Jesus in our religion and the gifts that come from him, specifically the weekly sacrament of the Lord's Supper. And he speaks at a few places on the liberality of God toward humanity in blessings and enlightenment.

Have you read this talk? How would you summarize this man's ministry? Any good stories?

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