5 lessons fellow apostles learned from Elder Richard G. Scott


Fellow LDS apostles remembered Elder Richard G. Scott as a charity-filled man who followed his Savior’s example at Elder Scott’s funeral service on Monday morning.

Elder Scott, 86, passed away at 1:45 p.m. MDT Tuesday of causes incident to age. He passed away surrounded by family at his home in Salt Lake City.

At his funeral service held at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, four speakers — Michael Scott (Elder Scott’s son), Elder D. Todd Christofferson, President Russell M. Nelson and President Thomas S. Monson — expressed their condolences and shared memories of their fellow apostle.

Here are five lessons fellow apostles learned from Elder Scott.

1. Building a legendary marriage

Though Elder Scott’s wife Jeanene passed away in 1995 at the age of 65, Elder Scott never remarried and often spoke of his love for his wife. Elder Scott’s son shared how his parents relationship was a goal to reach.

“Mom and Dad’s marriage was the stuff of legends,” said Michael Scott.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve, shared the same opinion.

“He commanded us to love and serve our companions with greater devotion,” Elder Christofferson said.

2. Dealing with loss

During his life, Elder Scott lost two children: one in childbirth and another when young Richard was two years old. Elder Scott’s trust and faith in the Lord was expressed in something he told his son after losing his wife 20 years ago:

“I love her with all my heart but I’ve never complained because I know it was His will. I’ve never asked why,” Michael Scott remembered his father sharing with him.

3. Called to serve

Without being called to serve in local leadership positions (such as elder’s quorum president or a bishop), Elder Scott was called to be a mission president.

Elder Christofferson, who was a missionary in Elder Scott’s mission in Argentina, talked about his mission president’s example.

“He asked us to work hard, but none of us could work harder than he,” Elder Christofferson said.

President Thomas S. Monson shared in his talk that Elder Scott worked tirelessly and served whole-heartedly.

“He was more than capable of handling any task that came his way and he always did so with complete thoroughness and skill,” President Monson said.

4. Seeing through Christ’s eyes

Elder Scott was know for his piercing gaze that could even touch a person’s soul from over the pulpit.

“Although piercing, those pure eyes were not accusatory,” Elder Christofferson said. “Rather he was searching to know how he could help us.”

Talking about visiting 15 different countries in 15 days on an assignment to Africa, fellow apostle Elder Nelson said of Elder Scott, “He consecrated his life to serve all people. … He understood the worth of soul he met. His compassion is legendary.”

5. Be the example

President Monson talked about how Elder Scott was an example for all he came in contact with, including himself.

“His model has always been, the Lord Jesus Christ. Like the master, he went about doing good. And God was with him,” President Monson said.

Read Elder Scott’s obituary here. Watch the funeral above.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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