BOUNTIFUL – The LDS mission president who presided over the Germany, Frankfurt Mission when the Berlin Wall came down will be the guest speaker at the January meeting of the Centerville chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.
David B. Wirthlin will speak at the regular monthly meeting of the chapter on Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wight House, 85 N. Main, in Bountiful. The public is invited to the dinner and address.Cost is $12.50 per person. Non-chapter members are asked to call 801-292-2634 for reservations.
Wirthlin was called to serve in the Frankfurt Mission in 1989, and was there when the wall came down and the Soviet Union broke apart.
When he and his wife Anne returned home, Anne was called to the general board of the Young Women and later to the Primary general presidency. David served as a bishop and later as stake president of a University of Utah married student stake.
In 2001, he was called to preside over the Missionary Training Center in Provo where he and Anne served for two years. He was then called to be first counselor to President Aldon Porter in the Salt Lake Temple Presidency. Anne was called as assistant to the matron to Sister Porter.
A native of Utah, Wirthlin graduated from Murray High School and the University of Utah with a degree in business administration. He attended the University of Minnesota and received a masters degree in hospital administration. He served in administration at LDS Idaho Falls Hospital, LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City and as a corporate officer with Intermountain Health Care.
He and his wife are the parents of four girls and two boys and the grandparents of 22. They enjoy boating, biking, hiking in the mountains, tennis and reading.
In 2004 they received a call to preside over the Nauvoo Temple for three years. Since returning home they have been busy in various church callings, temple work and civic activities.