When we were first married, my wife and I lived in the Sharon East Stake where Madsen was the stake patriarch. For all the bravado with which I undertook to beat a path to Nibley’s door, I never mustered up the nerve to call Madsen up or visit him. And it’s one of my great regrets.
Before we left that ward, at a March 2008 Stake Conference, Madsen spoke. I was unprepared, but wanted to capture what he said, so I borrowed a pen and wrestled some scraps of paper from my wife (I seem to have misplaced them by now) and did my best. Late last year I found these notes in my files and typed them out and I’ll share them here with you–not by way of advocating his points but as a historical document and as a small tribute to him. Enjoy.