- Franklin D. Richards (Mormon seventy)
Franklin Dewey Richards (
17 November 1900– 13 November 1987) was a national commissioner of the United States Federal Housing Administrationand a general authorityof The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church).
In 1923, Richards received his
Bachelor of Lawsdegree from the University of Utah. He practiced law in Salt Lake Cityuntil being named as the first Utah director of the Federal Housing Administration. In 1947, he became the national commissioner of the FHA in Washington, D.C.Richards resigned this position in 1952 and pursued a career in mortgage banking.
Prior to his call as a
general authorityin the LDS Church, Richards was the president of the church's Northwestern States Mission. In 1960, he became an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served in this capacity until 1976, when the position was discontinued. At this time, he became a member of the newly-constituted First Quorum of the Seventy. He served as a seventy until his death. Richards was the president of the Washington D.C. Templeof the church from 1983 to 1986.
Richards died at home in Salt Lake City and his funeral was held in the
Salt Lake Assembly Hallon his 87th birthday. The speakers at his funeral included LDS Church apostles Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, Marvin J. Ashton, and Richard G. Scott.
Richards was credited with creating the six-part LDS Church missionary discussions which were used by the church for many years.
Richards was married to Helen Kearnes and was the father of four children.
* [http://lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb69095bd3e44916a0/?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=ac2479356427b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 “Elder Franklin D. Richards Eulogized,”] "Ensign", Jan. 1988, 74
* [http://www.gapages.com/richafd2.htm Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Franklin D. Richards]
* [http://lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb69095bd3e44916a0/?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=0bff79356427b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1 “Opportunities to Serve,”] "Ensign", Nov. 1987, 81 : Richards's last public sermon
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