Saying Goodbye...

Today we said Goodbye to a wonderful man!

 I was unable to watch the funeral, but I've been reading about it.  Elder Ballard's comments were something I'd like to share from the LDS Living site:
"At Elder L. Tom Perry’s funeral in the Tabernacle today, Elders Dallin H. Oaks and M. Russell Ballard both delivered heartfelt tributes to their colleague and friend. During his address, Elder Ballard related the following:
           “Three days prior to his passing, Elder . . . Oaks and I 
            called on Elder and Sister Perry. We had a tender visit,
            and as always, Elder Perry spoke of his love of the 
            members of the Church, and his great anxiety and 
            concern for their spiritual well-being.”
           Elder Oaks remembered Elder Perry saying, “I just
            worry about what is going on in the world! How did
            we get mixed up in this mess?” Elder Perry continued,
           “Worldwide morals are declining. At the same time, 
           we have populations all over the world that are suffering.
            We have lost our good, strong Christian beliefs—it is
             just a tough time.”
            Then Elder Oaks said, “As was typical of Elder Perry,
            he did not linger on the negative.” He smiled as he 
            recalled these words from a dying apostle: “We have
           a lot of great talented help in the Church! These young
           kids who come along—I just love them. They’re strong!”

           Elder Ballard recounted the advice that Elder Perry
           wanted the people of the Church to hear. “[I wish I]
           could get every member of the Church to go and 
           partake of the sacrament, and when they took the bread,
           they’d ask themselves, ‘Who am I? What am I doing?
           How am I living? Where am I going? What should I be
           accomplishing?’ as they renew their covenants with
           the Lord.” He finished, “The minute they’d pick up the
           bread, something [would] happen.”
In those final quiet days, Elder Perry delivered this testimony to his brethren in the apostleship. “Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. Everything depends on Him. We’d better find a way to stay close to him, and if [we] can’t, there’s not much hope. [He] is what we need.”

Amazing man.  I am glad that I got to hear his words many times.

on a lighter is National Doughnut day.  I'm sure He'd want you to go eat one in his honor, lol.


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