JULIE LEAVITT | Scroll Photography

Elder L. Tom Perry lived life to the fullest

DESERET NEWS | Courtesy Photo

DESERET NEWS | Courtesy Photo

The skies were grey as hundreds of people gathered on Temple Square to attend the funeral service of Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The service was held at 11 a.m. in the Tabernacle with overflow seating in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

Those in attendance included his wife, Barbara Perry and family, members of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, other general and auxiliary church leaders and friends.

The meeting was conducted by President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor of the First Presidency. Talks were given by Elder Perry’s son Lee T. Perry, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Elders M. Russell Ballard and Dallin H. Oaks, and President of the Church Thomas S. Monson.

Elder Perry was described in the talks as being positive, a good friend and father, and an enthusiastic servant of The Lord.

“He lived his life to the fullest,” Lee T. Perry said.

He said that Elder Perry’s life was one filled with devotion to God, family and country.

“He has always been larger than life in my eyes,” Elder Ballard said.

He said Elder Perry always believed that more could be done to efficiently serve the members of the Church.

“Tom Perry served his country, his church, his family, his fellowman, and his God,” President Monson said.

At the close of the funeral, his casket was carried out into the new, bright daylight, and a flag was placed over top.

The graveside service that followed was held at the Salt Lake City Cemetery where his grave was dedicated by his brother, Ted S. Perry, according to the funeral program.


Copyright 2015 BYU-I Scroll