(Compiled by Dennis B. Horne)
One of the
powerful General Authorities [Elder Thorpe B. Isaacson] with whom I traveled
was a very interesting man. He was high strung and was easily upset, but he
always treated me with great dignity and honor.
I enjoyed being with him very much, but on one trip, out of the state, we were stranded in the airport because our connecting flight to another city was cancelled. I remember my friend raising heck with the man at the check-in stand. I was standing next to him when he lost his temper and began to berate this poor man who was checking us in and who had nothing to do with the cancellation. The situation became so bad I walked away because I did not want to be so close to this man who had raised his voice so loud that everyone in the airport was watching.
After a little while, he came and found me and said,
"Glen, did I embarrass you?" I said, "You sure did. You
shouldn't have yelled at that poor man—he was not the cause of our problems.
The hardest thing I can think of would be to have an assignment now to try and
convert that man to the Church." He said, "Well I wasn't that bad was
I?" And I said, "Yes, you were just as bad as you could be, and I had
to leave because I was embarrassed." He then apologized to me and promptly
went back and apologized to the man.
Very few of
the Brethren were kinder or better to me than he was, and I have the warmest
and kindest feelings toward him even though I did chastise him at a high risk.
high risk: The only other General Authority I ever reproved was also a close
friend [Elder S. Dilworth Young]. On one occasion in the first meeting with the
stake presidency [while planning a stake conference], he made some comments
that offended them. The stake presidency finally got up and walked out of the
turned to my good friend and said, "You just offended those fine men and
they walked out on us. Let me go get them and bring them back. When they come
back, you apologize to them, and we'll start all over."
So I went
out into the parking lot, and sure enough, the three of them were so upset that
they were ready to leave the whole conference to the General Authority and his
companion. I explained to them that my companion was one of the greatest men in
this world and didn't mean to offend them.
I said, "Let's go back and start all over." They agreed. When we were back in the room, my friend said to them, "I have just been severely chastised and rebuked by Brother Rudd." He then very humbly and properly apologized to them. We had a little word of prayer and went on with that meeting and had a wonderful conference. He honestly did not realize that he had offended them until I got after him. I think I did some good that day.
[Editorial Note: Those wishing a better look at Elder S. Dilworth Young can see him deliver a general conference message by copying and pasting the following link into their browser: https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=2dd5a036-4dda-4fa2-99b7-cb7cc0309d50&crate=0&index=0 ]
occasion, Elder Moyle got after some priesthood leaders in a stake in Arizona,
giving them a really hard time in a training meeting; so hard that Glen let Elder
Moyle know that they were no longer welcome to return to that stake; he had
offended them too much on that occasion with
his overbearing teaching style.]