Mormon leadership bids farewell to peacemaking progressive

Marlin Jensen was 46, with a 2-week-old baby girl, seven older children, an 800-acre farm in Huntsville and a thriving law career, when, in 1989, he was called into full-time service for the LDS Church.

Jensen knew that being a Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would mean constant traveling, public speaking, juggling family with church obligations — and a two-thirds cut in salary.

"I wondered how we would get all the children raised," recalls Jensen’s wife, Kathy. "Nobody was married or through school. I was concerned."

But a wise LDS leader reminded her that "we don’t know the end from the beginning."

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