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Elder L. Tom Perry smiles on the stand prior to his speech at a BYU devotional in 2007.

Some important events in Elder L. Tom Perry’s life:

Aug. 5, 1922 — Born in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Thomas and Nora Sonne Perry

1942-1944 — Served full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission

1944 — Served with the Marines in the Pacific. Was group leader while serving with the 2nd Marine Division in the South Pacific and Japan

July 1946 — Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps

July 18, 1947 — Married Virginia Lee in the Logan Temple

1949 — Graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) with degree in finance

June 7, 1953 — Sustained as second counselor in the Lewiston (Idaho) Ward bishopric

Dec. 6, 1959 — Sustained as a high councilor in the American River (California) Stake

March 12, 1961 — Sustained as second counselor in the American River (California) Stake presidency

April 19, 1964 — Sustained as an alternate high councilor in the New York Stake (Sustained as a high councilor Feb. 7, 1965)

Aug. 14, 1966 — Sustained as first counselor in the Weston (Massachusetts) Ward bishopric

Jan. 25, 1970 — Sustained as Boston Stake president

Oct. 6, 1972 — Called as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

September 1973 — Appointed general chairman of the church’s Bicentennial Committee

April 6, 1974 — Sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve

April 11, 1974 — Ordained an apostle

Dec. 14, 1974 — Wife Virginia Lee dies

Jan. 20, 1975 — Named to the American Revolution Bicentennial Advisory Council.

May 1975 — Named to the ZCMI board

April 28, 1976 — Married Barbara Dayton in the Salt Lake Temple

January 1980 — Named to the American Stores board

March 7, 1981 — Received distinguished alumnus award from Utah State University

Aug. 12, 1993 — Received honorary doctorate of Christian service from Brigham Young University

May 1995 — Named chairman of the ZCMI board (Stepped down in May 1996)

May 26, 2000 — Renovated special collections wing of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library is named L. Tom Perry Special Collections

May 8, 2004 — Threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game

September 2006 — Received distinguished executive alumnus award from the College of Business at Utah State University

September 2009 — Becomes the second apostle to visit the country of Latvia in Eastern Europe

February 2013 — Son Lee Perry publishes a biography about his father's life titled "L. Tom Perry, An Uncommon Life: Years of Preparation, 1922-1976"

Nov. 6, 2014 — Among several dignitaries honored by Catholic Community Services of Utah as distinguished humanitarians

Nov. 18, 2014 — Joined President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric in attending a historic, three-day interfaith gathering in Vatican City with world religious leaders to discuss the centrality of marriage and families in society

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March 12, 2015 — Stood with legislative leaders in the Capitol rotunda as Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a historic anti-discrimination and religious rights bill

April 2, 2015 — Joined members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in a 20-minute meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Sheraton Hotel during Obama's first official presidential visit to Utah

April 5, 2015 — Spoke at the 185th Annual General Conference about the need to defend marriage and traditional families all over the world