President Boyd K. Packer’s funeral service: Students reflect


Boyd-K-Packer-Newsbio-official-portrait

President Boyd K. Packer, former President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Funeral services for President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Friday July 10 at 11 a.m.

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were in attendance, excluding President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder Neil L. Anderson, both of whom were out of the country.

Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy, son of President Packer, was the first speaker at the service.

Elder M. Russel Ballard and Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles followed Elder Packer as speakers.

President Thomas S. Monson was the concluding speaker of the service.

BYU-Idaho students gathered in the Taylor Chapel to watch a livestream of President Packer’s funeral.

Elizabeth Phelps, a sophomore with an undecided major, said President Packer inspired her and her family in his general conference addresses and that she enjoyed the funeral service.

“It had a really good spirit to it,” Phelps said. “It showed what a great man [President] Packer was — the good service he did.”

Nick Hicken, a senior studying accounting, said he felt the service was heavily directed towards President Packer’s family.

“I thought it was a really, really good memorial for him,” Hicken said. “I love his particular teachings that they chose to highlight.”

President Monson said President Packer provided an example for others to follow.

“He leaves to his family and to all of us who knew him a legacy of Christlike love and devoted service,” President Monson said.

 



Copyright 2015 BYU-I Scroll