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Boyd K. Packer
Transcript of Boyd K. Packer
I have not changed my mind one bit
About regaining youth.
We’re meant to age, for with it
Comes a knowledge of the truth.
You ask, “What will the future bring?
Just what will be my fate?”
I’ll go along and not complain.
Ask when I’m 88! Contributions President Packer was the fifth son and tenth child in a family of eleven. Art Work of President
Boyd K. Packer Here is a replica of a mantle that the Packer family carved together. Beautifly carved covered wagons and sego lilies adorn this mantle. It took over two years to carve. (February 2004 Ensign President Boyd K. Packer: Apostle and Artist) LEARN TO LET IT GO By
DianaEve Wilcox The Life of
Boyd K. Packer Boyd Kenneth Packer was born on September 10, 1924 to parents, Ira Wright Packer and Emma Jensen Packer, in Brigham City, Utah. IN THE BEGINNING... At a young age, President Packer was stricken with polio that went undiagnosed for years, but taught him how to overcome adversity. President Packer grew up in a two-story home on South Main Street in Brigham City. At the age of 12, they moved to an apartment in the Packer Motor Company building. Despite hardships while growing up, President Packer had the following to say as he reflected on those years.
“Sometimes in my growing years I thought we were poor, I later learned that that was not true. We just didn’t have any money. We were always rich in the things most significant in our lives.” EDUCATION Throughout his life, President Packer has been a master educator. 1948 - Earned an associate degree from Weber College(now Weber State University). 1949 - Earned a bachelor's degree from Utah State University. 1953 - Earned a master's degree from Utah State University. 1962 - Earned a doctor of education degree from Brigham Young University. President Packer was not able to serve a mission, due to WWII. Instead, he enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 and served as a bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater. Teach Ye Diligently
To Young Men Only
The Holy Temple
Preparing to Enter the Holy Temple
That All May be Edified
Our Father's Plan
A Christmas Parable
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
The Things of the Soul
Memorable Stories and Parables
The Shield of Faith (Ruth)When my mother was 54 years old, she decided to go to the doctor to have a small cyst removed from her back. It bothered her when she sat in the chairs at church. The doctor was competent and was happy to do the procedure in his office. Somehow my mother contracted gaseous gangrene. Despite undergoing an operation to open her back and being placed in a bariatric chamber to kill the infection, the gangrene marched forward destroying her internal organs. Within two weeks of her operation she passed away. Everyone was stunned including the medical professionals. By coincidence I happened to call home to see how she was feeling, heard that one of my sisters was in town taking care of her hospital arrangements, and immediately got on a plane to see her. I saw her that night and she passed away the next morning. She left two teenage boys at home and seven married daughters who relied on her council and love. My father was devastated. Everyone who met my mother and father could tell how in love they were with each other. There were many who whispered to my father that he should sue the doctor who performed the operation. He could not. I am sure he wrestled with all the advice he received from others but he could not see the good in ruining one man’s life out of revenge. This example has served our family well. We have not been burdened by resentment or vindictiveness. We put the whole affair into the hands of the Lord. We have been brought peace to overcome sorrow, and greater faith to help us carry on during other trials that we have faced.Pres. Packer gave a talk which has become very tender to me. As you listen to one part of Pres. Packer’s talk, you will feel the peace that can come as we learn to let go of hurts and feelings of injustice, and put our sorrows upon the Lord. This talk is so profound that it has been repeated three times in different General Conference sessions, once in 1977, 1988, and again in 2011. We all have things in our life that would be better served if we would “Leave it alone”. Pres. Packer was teaching us the principle that the Lord “... will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:15–18). The Lord provides us ways to overcome heartbreak in this life, to develop and grow, to become all that we can be. Well Known Quote:
"The Study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior" (General Conference, Oct. 1986, Little Children) Well Known Quote:
"Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds the wickedness and depravity which surrounds us now."
(On the Shoulders of Giants, Feb. 2004) We Have No Greater Friend. I now can say with all certainty,
that I know and love the Lord.
I can testify with them of old,
as I preach His holy word.
I know what He felt in Gethsemane,
is too much to comprehend.
I know He did it all for us;
And now you see I’m 88.
The years have flown so fast.
I walked, I limped, I held a cane,
And now I ride at last.
I take a nap now and again,
But priesthood power remains.
For all the physical things I lack
There are great spiritual gains.
I have traveled the world a million miles
And another million too.
And with the help of satellites,
My journeys are not through. Ten years have flown to who knows where
And with them much of pain.
A metal hip erased my limp;
I walk quite straight again.
Another plate holds neck bones fast—
A wonderful creation!
It backed my polio away;
I’ve joined the stiff-necked generation.
The signs of aging can be seen.
Those things will not get better.
The only thing that grows in strength
With me is my forgetter. I had a thought the other night, A thought profound and deep.
It came when I was too worn down, Too tired to go to sleep.
I’d had a very busy day, And pondered on my fate.
The thought was this: When I was young, I wasn’t 68!
I could walk without a limp; I had no shoulder pain.
I could read a line through twice, And quote it back again.
I could work for endless hours, And hardly stop to breathe.
And things that now I cannot do, I mastered then with ease.
If I could now turn back the years, If that were mine to choose,
I would not barter age for youth, I’d have too much to lose.
I am quite content to move ahead, To yield my youth, however grand.
The thing I’d lose if I went back, Is what I understand.
You ask, “Do I remember you?”
Of course, you’re much the same.
Now don’t go getting all upset
If I can’t recall your name.
I would agree I’ve learned some things
I did not want to know,
But age has brought those precious truths
That make the spirit grow.
Of all the blessings that have come,
The best thing in my life
Is the companionship and comfort
I get from my dear wife.
Our children will have married well,
With families of their own,
With children and grandchildren,
How soon they all have grown. THESE THINGS I KNOW A poem by Boyd K. Packer A HISTORY President Packer has always lived with an unashamed courage of the Gospel of Jesus Christ INCREASED UNDERSTANDING
President Packer gave us the analogy of mortality
being a three part play:
"There are three parts to the plan. You are in the second or the middle part, the one in which you will be tested by temptation, by trials, perhaps by tragedy . . . ."
(The Play and the Plan [satellite broadcast, 7 May 1995], 1-2). MORE ANALOGIES
President Packer gave us the tool
to help us explain how it is a testimony or
feeling of the spirit can be so indescribable.
He taught us the message of "What Does Salt Taste Like?"
(Ensign, Jan. 1983, The Candle of the Lord) President Packer has blessed us with a greater understanding of ordinances.
"When parents are teaching their children and when missionaries are teaching investigators, preparing them for baptism by water, they must also think of the gift of the Holy Ghost—baptism by fire. Think of it as one sentence. First comes the baptism of water and then the baptism of fire. Someone may ask the missionaries, “How are things going?” or “Are you teaching anyone?” The missionaries automatically answer, “Yes, we have a family preparing for baptism and confirmation, for receiving the Holy Ghost.” Or a father and mother might say to a child, “When you are eight years old, you will be ready to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost.”
I repeat, to be baptized and to receive the Holy Ghost—link those two together."
(Liahona, Aug. 2006, The Gift of the Hold Ghost: What Every Member Should Know) (The Only True Church
Ensign, Nov. 1985) These following details barely scratch the surface
of the great contributions and impact Boyd K. Packer has made upon many generations. Just some of his well known talks
Follow the Brethren (Mar. 1965)
Scriptures (Oct. 1982)
The Only True Church (Oct. 1985)
Reverence Invites Revelation (Nov. 1991)
The Touch of the Master's Hand (Apr. 2001)
The Power of the Priesthood (Apr. 2010) As a young man seeking to know the truth of the gospel, President Boyd K. Packer made a pledge to his Father in Heaven.
“I went before Him and said, ‘I’m not neutral, and you can do with me what you want. If you need my vote, it’s there. I don’t care what you do with me and you don’t have to take anything from me because I give it to you—everything, all I own, all I am.’ ”
(http://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/what-are-prophets/bio/boyd-k-packer?lang=eng) Well Known Quote
“Keep the fire of your testimony of the restored gospel and your witness of our Redeemer burning so brightly that our children can warm their hands by the fire of your faith.”
(Apr. 2003, The Golden Years) My (Mike's) personal feelings of Boyd K. Packer:
I remember from my childhood Elder Packer spoke often and with great power urging the youth to be clean and virtuous. He spoke of the great and awesome blessing of someday having your own children and how they should be brought into the world under the correct circumstances. That has always made an impact on me. I also remember President Packer imploring the members of the Church to live the Word of Wisdom and he stressed the sensitivity of our spirits and keeping our bodies pure. His General Conference Address in 1973, "Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts" was used as a theme in my Mutual years and had a wonderfully positive influence on me. I have a testimony that Boyd K. Packer is a Prophet, Seer and Revelator and a Special Witness of the Name of Jesus Christ. In 1949, President Packer began teaching seminary. During that time, he was also employed by the Church Education System as Coordinator of Indian Affairs.
In 1955, President Packer was appointed as an assistant administrator of seminaries and institutes in the Church Educational System, where he served until 1961. Above all else, President Packer is a teacher, President Faust had the following to say about President Packer:
“Elder Packer is very much a teacher. While all of the Twelve are teachers, he’s a teacher in the Twelve.” Throughout his life, President Packer has served in many capacities. During his early adulthood, President Packer served as a teacher, assistant stake clerk and high councilor. In 1961, President Packer was called to be an Assistant to the Twelve. During which time, he acted as mission president for the New England States Mission. In April of 1970, President Packer was called to be an appostle on the Council of the Twelve. President Packer has led a successful family life, despite his busy schedule. CHURCH SERVICE FAMILY LIFE President Packer credits his wife for their success, saying,
"All of that can be explained in two words: my wife. She’s perfect." President Packer married Donna Edith Smith on July 27, 1947, in the Logan Temple. They are still happily married. Together, they have 10 children, 7 boys and 3 girls:
Eldon From June 1994 to January 2008, President Packer served as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Appostles and as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Appostles from 2008 until now. BOOKS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPLETS
See how many you own or have read. Memorable Stories With a Message
Mine Errand from the Lord
Sunshine for the Latter-day Saint Soul: 101 Stories to Brighten Your Day and Gladden Your Life
The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Anateur Artist
Blessings on the Hand of Women
The Light of Thy Childhood Again: AChristmas Message
For Time And All Eternity
In Wisdom and Order Peacocks and Autumn Leaves is a reminder of President Packer’s love of the peacocks he once kept.
(February 2004 Ensign President Boyd K. Packer: Apostle and Artist) Lazuli Bunting, Irises
“The birds are carved from basswood, tupelo, and pine…The paint is an acrylic base. In order to prepare to carve the birds, photographs were studied as well as plants to get the realistic look and feel. The fabricated sheets of copper were annealed to make the metal pliable."
"When asked 'How many hours did it take you to carve this?' I always answered, 'I don’t know. If I found out, I would quit.' During those hours working with my hands, I pondered on the marvels of creation, and inspiration would flow. As I carved wood, I carved out talks” (The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist - Boyd K. Packer) Unfinished Composition (President Boyd K. Packer, These Things I Know, April 2013 General Conference) (President Boyd K. Packer, Guided by the Holy Spirit, April 2011 General Conference) Information gathered from:
Searle, Don L. "Elder Boyd K. Packer: Disciple of the Master Teacher." Ensign. June 1986. Noah’s Ark was carved by President Packer for his grandchildren. If a piece breaks President Packer glues it back together. “Noah’s Ark is a favorite thing with our grandchildren and he made it specifically for them. They can look at it, they can enjoy it but also they can handle it, and get their little chairs and kneel up and play with these animals.” (Donna Smith Packer, The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist By Boyd K. Packer) President Packer has used his artistic abilities to beautify his home, teach his children and to help him relax. Often when painting or carving his mind was carving out a sermon. The whole collection of his art consists of nearly six hundred original carvings, paintings, sketches, and drawings. He has used oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, charcoal, crayon, ink, and pencil. The collection covers seventy-seven years of effort, beginning in 1933 at age nine. (The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist By Boyd K. Packer) Savior in Gethsemane (after a Heinrich Hofmann painting). (February 2004 Ensign President Boyd K. Packer: Apostle and Artist) The Bishop's Team, Harper, Utah
Acrylic on canvas, 1999 "Years ago I served on a stake high council with Emery Wight. For 10 years, Emery had served as bishop fo rural Harper Ward. His wfe, Lucille, became our stake Relief Society president. Lucille told me that one spring morning a neighbor called at her door and asked for Emery. She told him that he was out plowing. The neighbor then spoke with great concern. Earlier that morning he had passed the field and noticed Emery's team of horses standng in a half-finished furrow with the reins draped over the plow. Emery was nowhere in sight. The neighbor throught nothing of it until much later when he passed the field again, and the team had not moved. He climbed the fence and crossed the field to the horses. Emery was nowhere to be found. He hurried to the house to check with Lucille. Lucille calmly replied, 'Oh, don't be alarmed. No doubt someone is in trouble and came to get the bishop.' The image of that team of horses standing for hours inthe field symbolizes the dedication of the bishops in the Church and of the counselors who stand by their side. Every bishop and every counselor, figurately speaking, leaves his team standing in an unfinished furrow when someone needs help. (The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist - Boyd K. Packer) Slide Show Created By: DianaEve Wilcox Sources Used
Poem: “Unfinished Cmposition”, pgs.1-6 Ensign, May 2013, p.6, These Things I Know by Boyd K. Packer
Pictures Google Images Search as Follows:
Suited Youth, p.1 seek.deseretbook.com
Hatted Military, p.2 lib.byu.edu
Service Man, p.3 lds.org
Bright Eyes, p.3 gapages.com
Wedding Day, p.3 lds.org
Holding Plant, p.4 religion.byu.edu
With President, p.4 ldsces.org
Book Jacket, p.5 goodreads.com
Smiley Face, p.5 bibliotecasud.blogspot.com
With Waving Wife, p.6 news.hjnews.com
Hugging Christ, p.7 skywriting.net References