Saturday, May 30, 2009


I'm sad to say today that a great hero of mine, Truman G. Madsen, passed away from Cancer. Ironically, I was just listening to his tapes on Joseph Smith and taking notes today. He had a profound and poetic way of expressing himself and helped me to have a true and deep love for the Prophet Joseph. I was lucky to hear him speak two years ago at a fireside. I've been listening to his tapes for almost ten years. He will be missed.

"SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Truman G. Madsen, a Mormon essayist, historian and philosopher, has died. He was 82.

Madsen died of cancer Thursday at his Provo home.

For 37 years Madsen was a teacher at Brigham Young University, where he held the Richard L. Evans Chair in Religious Studies. He also directed BYU's Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and sponsored several symposia at BYU on comparative religion.

Madsen was born Dec. 13, 1926, in Salt Lake City. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and a doctorate at Harvard University.

Madsen is survived by his wife, four children, 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren."