Elder and Sister Jack H. Goaslind, Jr., love working with young people. They’ve done it all their lives.
When Elder Goaslind was bishop, the young men in the ward decided to hike the steep trail of Mt. Timpanogos, just north of Provo, Utah. But one boy’s physical capacities didn’t match his exuberant desires: Skipper Howard was confined to a wheelchair. Wanting Skipper to share the adventure with his friends, Bishop Goaslind, his counselor, Lynn Pinegar, and the other boys pushed him in his wheelchair every step of the way.
“I have a great love for the youth,” says Elder Goaslind. He has expressed that love by serving youth in many Church capacities.
As stake president, he had the special responsibility of supervising the Salt Lake Valley young adults and special interests when that program was just being initiated. That experience prepared him to serve as counselor in the general presidency of the APMIA (now the Young Men organization.)
Through these assignments, the Goaslinds have worked with many choice young people. But they’re quick to explain that to them the most important group of youth is their children: Pat, her husband Bryan Glaittli, and their son Greg; David, recently returned from the England London South Mission; Mark, currently serving in the Italy Padova Mission; Elizabeth, Richard, and Diane.
Born in Salt Lake City on 18 April 1928 to Jack H. and Anita Jane Jack Goaslind, Elder Goaslind has always felt close to his father. They served simultaneously as bishops and stake presidents, and worked for many years together in business.
An avid skier since grade school, Elder Goaslind decided at nineteen to go on a mission, turning down an invitation to train for the Olympics. He has continued to enjoy the sport, however. “But I don’t think he’ll be getting a new set of skis this year,” quips Sister Goaslind.
Instead of buying new skis, the new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy says he plans to get a good pair of track shoes. Why?
“To keep up with President Kimball,” he says. “I just hope I can run that fast!
“President Kimball has blessed my life by extending a call from the Lord for me to serve my fellowmen in new and exciting ways,” he continues. “I am humbly grateful.”