President Packer was working on upcoming conference talk when he died

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  • M_Hawke Golden, CO
    July 8, 2015 9:06 p.m.

    Loved Elder Packer! I loved his talks--he told it the way it is. Sometimes he would talk on topics that no one else would. I think it would be really awesome if someone read his talk in the next General Conference if it is complete enough. I mean, it was good enough for Mozart's Requiem. (A little humor, there.)

  • Nachtmerrie_in_Brugge Mesa, AZ
    July 8, 2015 2:23 p.m.

    Utefan59, I don't know who you are, but I know for a fact that members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (and probably many others) are instructed not to engage General Authorities upon seeing them in the tunnels or elsewhere. It sounds like you tried to do more than just nod "hello" as you passed President Packer that day. By 30 years ago Church membership had long since numbered in the millions; before long it will be 20 million, and someday it will double that--but there will still be only 12 apostles. Think about that next time you approach a General Authority, or any famous person, with that tired old "mutual friend" line. They simply don't have time to hear your life story.

    Thinkman, I don't know who you are, but even if you were intimately acquainted with President Packer or any of the other General Authorities you mentioned, it is inappropriate for you to refer to them here by first name only.

    antodav, I was so looking forward to another decennial update of the poem President Packer began writing on his 68th birthday. Maybe he was moving the next addition up a little.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    July 8, 2015 1:10 p.m.

    People need to hear the truth, and if they don't like it they need to search themselves. Prophets speak truth and reality of God's laws and is why I loved President Packer and President Kimball. Immoral behavior is filling the world and they are telling us the consequences of living that way. I wish more apostles and prophets were bolder. Members should not have things sugar coated.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    July 8, 2015 11:41 a.m.

    There are so many topics that are available to speak on in General Conference. So many of the talks are a repeat of what was said by many previously. Boyd had his themes, Benson had has, Scott has his, Oaks and Holland and now Bednar have theirs. Without question Pres Monson has his theme, that being service.

    These men are professionals at what they do and they are supposed to be divinely inspired, so I don't think writing 2 talks a year is all that difficult.

  • portlander Arlington, WA
    July 8, 2015 10:55 a.m.

    Our family loved President Packer. He spoke at a Stake Conference in the '70's, in Portland Oregon and my mom just fell in love him...he was truly her favorite Apostle. My point to make here is that if one man can speak 108 times in 50+ years, it must be hard to come up with something new to say each time. I know that they are called to do so, and that they are usually inspired by the Lord to say what He wants said. But the Apostles have a certain number of minutes available to them, to speak in General Conferences, which is considerable. They have to make a major talk/speech, a minimum of 2 times per year, not to include the countless other times that they address a group, gathering or congregation throughout the rest of the year. No offense, but I would go crazy just having to speak and to write all of the time like they do. And I would also find myself getting stale, old and always searching for something new to say, that might inspire the widest range of people possible. Theirs is an unenviable task.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    July 8, 2015 9:17 a.m.

    ulvegaard and antodav,

    You could probably safely bet it was to condemn the SCOTUS decision on SSM.

    Gay lifestyles and adjacent topics were Boyd's focus over the last several years. Remember too that he was much like Spencer Kimball - focusing on immorality as defined by the LDS Church.

  • Duane Boyce Escondido, CA
    July 8, 2015 9:15 a.m.

    It was an honor to live on the same planet at the same time with President Packer. His influence on me has been immense and my gratitude will be eternal.

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    July 7, 2015 9:18 p.m.

    It would be interesting to hear what he had to say anyway. Even if it was incomplete.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 7, 2015 9:10 p.m.

    I too will miss the man.

    I must confess, the curiosity in me wonders what his next talk was going to be about.

  • Supermom6kids King City, CA
    July 7, 2015 6:46 p.m.

    I was very touched by this article. I love President Packer. He will be missed. But he has left us a wonderful legacy and his teachings will continue to bless our lives forever.

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    July 7, 2015 5:11 p.m.

    I have heard some "Church members" grumble about how they disagreed with President Packer and disliked him (much harsher things were said that I will not repeat). Nephi spoke of this when he said that Laman and Lemuel did not want to hear "hard things". This is addressed multiple times in the scriptures. While I agree there is room for searching for agreement with what Church leaders say, be careful that it doesn't move into the forbidden ill-speaking of God's chosen vessels. I loved President Packer's direct proclamations of the truths of God.

  • blackattack Orem, UT
    July 7, 2015 3:49 p.m.

    I love the reference about he and his wife being so in tune to their kids' needs (and his wife a step ahead). Reminds me of my dad.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 7, 2015 2:31 p.m.

    Whats neat is hes probably given that talk a lot in the spirit world by now.

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    July 7, 2015 1:36 p.m.

    I love President Packer for the way that he impacted my life spiritually. His theme of family, home, love, and purity helped tremendously to guide my life. I am very thankful for this man who was so in tune with the Lord and who received so much inspiration to guide us and help us. I hope to be able to thank him some day.

  • patjan Flower Mound, TX
    July 7, 2015 1:27 p.m.

    In 1977, I was working in the Church Office Building. One day, I was in the elevator, when Elder Boyd K Packer entered at one of the floors. I told him how much I had enjoyed his recent conference address. He was very gracious and said, "Thank you. Now it's time for me to prepare my talk for next conference". I was impressed by how early he was preparing.