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LDS general authorities make appearance at BYU, Utah State basketball game

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 8:30 a.m. MDT

Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaving the BYU vs. Utah State basketball game on Friday, November 30, 2013. (byutvsports.com) Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaving the BYU vs. Utah State basketball game on Friday, November 30, 2013. (byutvsports.com)

SALT LAKE CITY — Saturday night's basketball game featuring the Utah State Aggies and Brigham Young University Cougars at the EnergySolutions Arena brought basketball fans from all over the state, including several general authorities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Russell M. Nelson, who are members of the Quorum of the Twelve, were both shown on the BYUtv broadcast multiple times. Elder Perry was born in Logan, Utah, and received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University, while Elder Nelson received his bachelor's degree and medical degree from the University of Utah.

Even though the Aggies and Cougars were playing on a neutral court, the game was engaging for fans on either side.

Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaving the BYU vs. Utah State basketball game on Friday, November 30, 2013. (byutvsports.com) Elder L. Tom Perry, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaving the BYU vs. Utah State basketball game on Friday, November 30, 2013. (byutvsports.com)

"It was a great crowd, a great atmosphere, and I’m really proud of our guys for making some key plays down the stretch," BYU coach Dave Rose told Brandon Gurney of the Deseret News.

BYU won the game, 85-74, and handed the Aggies their first loss of the season.

This isn't the first time an LDS general authority has attended a basketball game at the EnergySolutions Arena. In fact, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson has also been seen in the stands during Utah Jazz basketball games.

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