Elder L. Aldin Porter, the emeritus general authority, died at the age of 88 on Monday 29 June in Morgan, Utah.
Nine months into his service as President of the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, the 55-year-old president of the mission received a telephone call from President Gordon B. Hinckley, then First Counselor in the First Presidency, asking him to accept a call to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy.
Despite feelings of inadequacy, he responded, “I know this: Sister Porter and I love the Brethren and will follow their counsel.”
Elder Porter was sustained April 4, 1987, and served faithfully until he received emeritus status in 2001. From 1996 until then, he also served as the senior president of the Seventy. Following his call as a General Authority Seventy, he served as president of the Salt Lake Temple from 2002 to 2005, with his wife, Sister Shirley Porter, as temple matron. Among other callings throughout his life, he also served as a bishop, stake president, regional representative and stake patriarch.
Lloyd Aldin Porter was born to J on 30 June 1931, in Salt Lake City. He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with Lloyd and Revon Hayward Porter. He married Shirley Palmer of Houston , Texas, on Feb. 19, 1953, at the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, after serving in the West Central States Mission. The two have been married for 67 years and have six kids.
While Elder Porter focused his career in the insurance business, he and his wife also operated a small farm in Meridian, Idaho. The farm produced cattle, hay, grain and corn, but it’s most important crop, he said, were “fine sons and daughters.”
In his 14 years as a General Authority, Elder Porter often encouraged Church members to develop faith in the prophets and their admonitions. “Seek the confirmation of the Spirit that they are inspired. Then when they speak and you respond positively to their counsel, you will find comfort, peace, and even joy,” he said.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sister Shirley Porter, who passed away three months earlier; a daughter, Sheri Wright, who passed away in 2012; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Powell, who passed away in 2018. He is survived by three daughters, Lorie, Julie, and Leslie; two sons, Brent and John; 30 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are pending.