Elder L. Tom Perry — an ‘uncommon’ life of service and enthusiasm

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SALT LAKE CITY. Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who championed family values with a robust voice and cheerful optimism, died May 30, 2015, in his home, from the effects of cancer. He was 92.

Elder Perry was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on April 6, 1974. He was third in leadership seniority in the quorum, behind LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson and Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Elder Perry took the lessons he learned growing up on a farm in Logan, Utah, and applied them to a life of service toward his country, his church and his family — doing it all with hallmark enthusiasm. His parents taught him to work, pray and lift others. Young Tom did all of those as a full-time church missionary and then as a Marine in the aftermath of World War II, when he lent a hand to a devastated people. He learned optimism from athletics and discovered that the secret to strengthening families is involving everyone. And from the time he was a young boy with a record of perfect church attendance, Elder Perry was dedicated to his faith, serving in church leadership positions from California to Massachusetts.

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