Friday, July 10, 2015

President Boyd K. Packer Lauded For Legacy Of Christ-Like Love And Service At Funeral Service On Temple Square

At the funeral of President Boyd K. Packer held in Salt Lake City on July 10th, 2015, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson noted that President Packer left a legacy of Christ-like service and love. He and other speakers also characterized President Packer a talented teacher, scriptorian, artist, example, friend and leader. President Packer died at home on July 3 at the age of 90 after serving as a general authority of the LDS Church for just over 53 years.

The funeral was held at 11:00 A.M. at the more traditional Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square rather than at the more modern Conference Center. And yes, although President Packer was an Apostle, he was also assigned to a home ward and home stake, and, in a touch of class, his bishop and stake president were invited to join the other VIPs up on the stand. Speakers included President Monson, President Packer's son Elder Allan F. Packer of the Seventy, and Elders M. Russell Ballard and Dallin H. Oaks, both of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the service. It was also reported that the most senior-remaining apostle on the Quorum, Rusell M. Nelson, has assumed the duties of President of the Quorum.

The entire service is now available on YouTube. The video embedded below is 2 hours and 10 minutes long. Navigation highlights:

-- The first 38 minutes consist of music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
-- At the 38 minute point, the motorcade pulls up. The casket is removed and escorted into the Tabernacle by the VIPs.
-- At the 58 minute point, the service actually begins, conducted by President Eyring.

A private burial service took place at the Brigham City Cemetery following the funeral. There will be no public viewing. In lieu of flowers, the apostle's family has asked contributions be made to the LDS Family History Center. Donation instructions are available at LDS Philanthropies.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

President Packer got a lot of criticism from members, ex members and non members.

I liked him. He was a serious person and very passionate about the restored Gospel. Yeah, sometimes he could be a zealot.

I too am serious and passionate about things I believe in and care deeply about, and I receive a lot of criticism. I guess that is why I could understand where he was coming from.
It is too bad that we no longer accept people the way they are. We can no longer agree to disagree. The hypocrisy of certain groups and people is appalling.