Joseph L. Wirthlin
Full name Joseph Leopold Wirthlin
Born August 14, 1893(1893-08-14)
Place of birth Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
Died January 25, 1963 (aged 69)
Place of death St. George, Utah
LDS Church General Authority
Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by LeGrand Richards
Start of term April 6, 1938 (aged 44)
End of term December 12, 1946 (aged 53)
End reason Called as First Counselor in Presiding Bishopric
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
Called by LeGrand Richards
Start of term December 12, 1946 (aged 53)
End of term April 6, 1952 (aged 58)
End reason Honorable release of LeGrand Richards and his counselors
Presiding Bishop
Called by David O. McKay
Start of term April 6, 1952 (aged 58)
End of term September 30, 1961 (aged 68)
End reason Honorably released

Joseph Leopold Wirthlin (14 August 1893 – 25 January 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 Presiding Bishop LeGrand Richards. In 1952, church president David O. McKay called Wirthlin to be the eighth Presiding Bishop in church history. Wirthlin called Thorpe B. Isaacson and Carl W. Buehner as his counselors. Wirthlin and his counselors served as the presiding bishopric of the church until they were released in 1961.

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, current president of the church's Nauvoo Illinois Temple.

See also


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

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Religious titles
Preceded by
LeGrand Richards
Presiding Bishop,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Succeeded by
John H. Vandenburg

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