SALT LAKE CITY — Funeral services for Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, 5 December 2008, at 12 noon. The funeral will be open to the public.

The Temple Square gates will open at 7 a.m. Tabernacle doors will open at 11 a.m. Those wishing to attend should be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. Overflow seating will be available in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square and in the Conference Center .

The funeral services will be broadcast live on KSL, BYU-TV and LDS.org.

A private burial service will take place at a local Salt Lake City cemetery following the funeral. 

There will be no public viewing, but expressions of sympathy can be e-mailed to condolences@ldschurch.org or mailed to Church headquarters at 47 East South Temple St. , Salt Lake City , UT 84150 .

In lieu of flowers, Elder Wirthlin’s family has suggested that contributions be made to the Church’s Humanitarian Center or the Perpetual Education Fund. Donations can be made at www.ldsp.org/wirthlin or www.ldsphilanthropies.org/wirthlin.

Because of the funeral services for Elder Wirthlin, the Friday evening performance of the Latino Christmas program Recibid al Rey has been canceled. The two functions require significantly different stage configurations, and the configuration cannot be altered in time to accommodate the evening program. However, all ticket holders for Friday’s performance are invited to attend the Saturday evening performance at 7 p.m.