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Apostles remember Elder Perry during funeral service



The funeral service for Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lee T. Perry, Elder Perry’s son, gave the eulogy.

Lee T. Perry thanked Church leaders and members for attending the service. He also thanked leaders from different religions who worked with Elder Perry.

“Thank you for your examples and your willingness to find common ground,” Lee T. Perry said.

He spoke of his father’s love for the Gospel.

“He loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” Lee T. Perry said.

He said Elder Perry has completed his mortal probation here on Earth and he is working on the other side of the veil.

Lee T. Perry addressed President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, thanking him for serving with his father.

“I want you to know of my father’s deep love and respect for you as his quorum president,” Lee T. Perry said.

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke after Elder Perry’s son.

Elder Ballard spoke of Elder Perry’s willingness and drive to do the Lord’s work.

He said Elder Perry had very little patience if time was not productive.

“We could do more, we could do better and we could move faster,” Elder Ballard recalled Elder Perry saying.

Elder Ballard said Elder Perry would make a great impression on anyone he would come in contact with.

Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles followed Elder Ballard.

Elder Oaks spoke of Elder Perry’s goodness in all he did.

“L. Tom Perry was a big brother to all his juniors in the Quorum of the Twelve,” Elder Oaks said.

He said he remembers a time speaking with a leader from the Catholic Church about Elder Perry.

“His goodness was just transparent,” the leader said. “He impressed you by simply being the great-souled man that he was.”

President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave the closing remarks during the funeral service.

He spoke of Elder Perry’s love for the Lord and the Gospel of the Church.

“He was one who responded willingly to any assignment,” President Monson said.

He said Elder Perry was a fearless defender and testifier of truth.

President Monson quoted a saying, which is found on multiple headstones, referring to Elder Perry.

“A light from our household is gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled,” President Monson said.

President Monson said God was with Elder Perry throughout his life on Earth.

He testified that Elder Perry’s work for the Lord would never end.

“Tom, God be with you till we meet again,” President Monson said.

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