Elder J. Golden Kimball of the First Council of the Seventy was eulogized Sept. 9, 1938, as a man of faith and courage at his funeral service in the Tabernacle 9on Temple Square, it was reported in the Sept. 17, 1938, Church Section of the Deseret News.
Elder Kimball had died Sept. 2 in an automobile accident east of Reno, Nev."There is a bigness and a Bravery to his character, an understanding heart in his makeup, and his tender consideration of the weak and the oppressed was a lovely thing to behold," praised Elder Rufus K. Hardy of the first Council of Seventy.
Added elder George Albert Smith of the council of the Twelve: "A great soul has departed this life and has gone to his reward in the mansions of our Father.
"Brother Kimball was loved by the people throughout the land. The young people loved him, the boys and girls of the Church liked to hear him talk . . . . There was nothing sanctimonious in his admonitions, but there was always soemething to be remembered. After he got through talking, there was always something he had said that remained with the listener, and that is a great gift.
"In conclusion, let me say that this man knew that God lived, he knew that Jesus is the Christ, he knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the Lord, and knowing these things he gave his all, unafraid and unashamed, to disseminate the glorious truths that our Heavenly Father intends we should all partake of in preparation for a place in His celestial kingdom."
Quotes from the past
"I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." - The Prophet Joseph Smith, in council with the Twelve Apostles in Nauvoo, Ill., Nov. 28, 1841.