Not Glen L. Rudd. The Church's so-called "Mr. Welfare" celebrated his "perfect" 92nd birthday with a commemorative shovel in his hand, turning soil to mark the beginning of construction of a new Utah Bishops' Central Storehouse on Salt Lake City's west side. It was, in his own words, "the best birthday ever."
A former Seventy and a storied Church welfare leader, Elder Rudd has witnessed the growth of Bishops' Central Storehouses since the first was built in 1939 on Welfare Square. That building was 80 feet wide and 140 feet long. The future Bishops' Central Storehouse will cover approximately 535,900 square feet and be built on a 36-acre site near 5400 West and 300 South. Church and welfare leaders gathered at the future site on May 18 — Elder Rudd's birthday — for the ceremonial soil turning and a dedicatory prayer to bless the site and the construction project.
Presiding Bishop H. David Burton presided at the event and offered the dedicatory prayer. He was joined by his first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric, Bishop Richard C. Edgley, along with Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president. Others in attendance included Elder Rudd's wife, Sister Marva S. Rudd, Welfare Services managing director Terry Oaks, and Brother Oaks' predecessor, Dennis Lifferth.