President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency, was one of nine individuals honored by the Utah State Bar at its 65th annual meeting in San Diego.
President Faust, a practicing attorney until his call as a General Authority in 1972, was announced as recipient of the "Distinguished Lawyer Emeritus Award" on June 29. He was unable to attend the meeting and will receive the award at a future state bar event.Following a mission to Brazil from 1939-1942 and service with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, President Faust entered the University of Utah Law School and graduated with his juris doctorate in 1948.
While practicing law, President Faust also served as a member of the Utah Legislature from 1949-1951, as an adviser to the American Bar Journal and was president of the Utah Bar Association in 1962-63. He was appointed by U.S. President John F. Kennedy to the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and Racial Unrest. He was also a member of the Utah State Constitutional Revision Commission and is chairman of the executive committee of the Deseret News Publishing Company.
President Faust was called as Assistant to the Twelve Oct. 6, 1972, as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy Oct. 1, 1976. He was ordained an apostle Oct. 1, 1978.
As a General Authority, his assignments have included managing director of the Melchizedek Priesthood MIA, director of the Church Welfare Services, zone adviser over South America, executive director of the Church Curriculum Department, editor of Church magazines and chairman of the Welfare and Public Affairs committees.
President Faust is married to the former Ruth Wright. They have five children and 22 grandchildren.