Those guys sure do have a busy work schedule. Good to hear he is doing ok.
Lets all pray for President Packer, since he has at least one more dedication,
that being the forthcoming Brigham City Temple that hopefully he can be well
enough to participate in the dedication of.
One correction that should be noted is President Packer served as New England
states Mission President from 1962-1965, shortly after being called as an
assistant to the Twelve in 1961 Paul H. Dunn served the 1965-1968 3 year term
after his call to the Seventy in 1964.
All of the apostles seem to give 110% for us. They're always in our prayers, but
especially when the frailties of old age approach. They give up even their
retirement for us, and we love them for it. Thanks also to their families who
also sacrifice so much in our behalf.
Glad to hear he's okay! Hopefully he will be out of the hospital soon. I'm sure
he'll be happy to be home and with family after this.
Elder Packer holds a special place in my heart. One of his first assignments
after he was ordained an Apostle was to my mission in Belgium. He was a kind
and influential man who helped us understand even more fully our duties.When I was released from my mission, I flew to London and changed
planes. Elder Packer was on the plane that I took from London to Salt Lake
City, with one stop in between. He treated us four returning missionaries as
royalty on that flight. When we learned that Salt Lake was fogged in and that
we would be spending the night in Denver, Elder Packer took care of us as if we
were his own sons. He had each of us call our families and report that we were
safe and that we would be leaving Denver the next morning.Because he
had to be in Salt Lake as early as possible, he took the first available flight,
but before leaving, he had arraigned our transportation to the airport and our
flight.There was nothing that he could have done that he did not do.
I was in a district in Halifax when it was part of the New England mission. I
was passing through Cambridge, Mass and stopped to hopefully get my temple
recommend signed. He signed it and I asked him if he knew of anyone going west
to Utah that might want a free ride.He almost set me up to take a
single young lady to Utah with me, she had already left.He was
friendly gracious and kind.
I love President Packer, and his dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to
the Lord! I am a convert and his work in the Footnotes of the scriptures, and
his intellect is amazing on the gospel! I love that about him, and I love his
talks, he says it as it is! I hope he recovers well, and soon.
Pres Packer is a great example of serving wherever and whenever called. There
is no retirement, no time off. Just serve the Lord and His church all the days
of your life. I need to do better.
I hope he recovers.
Thanks to Pagan for his kind words for someone he does not agree with. Civility
Pagan, how kind of you. Thanks!
I had the opportunity to meet Boyd a few times and visit his home as my
ex-wife's family was friends with his oldest son Alan. While I don't agree with
Boyd on some items, he is a man who means well and has raised a very good
family. I wish him the best and to get well soon.
SLC BYU Fan is not quite accurate on his New England Mission History. Truman
Madsen was NE Mission President from 1962-1965. President Boyd K. Packer served
from 1965-1968, and Paul H. Dunn served from 1968 to 1971. I came to Cambridge
in 1963, and enjoyed them all. Truman was my cousin, and his wife, Ann, came to
the re-dedication this weekend. Her attendance was acknowledged by President
Low of the Cambridge Massachusetts Stake who conducted the meeting.
It would be more accurate to say Truman Madsen's widow Ann came to the
dedication. This would explain why he was not there, specifically because he is
sadly no longer with us.I join with others in expressing the hope
that President Packer recovers. He is scheduled to be the CES Fireside speaker
in November. When I saw that I had to say "the people who made this list
have faith". However I expect him to be with us at least another year.
I have kind feelings for both President Packer and the Longfellow Park chapel.
I hope he is doing well and I am glad that the building is too.
My prayers are with President Packer. You are a dear sweet and brave man. Thank
you for all you do!
tkimball of BELMONT, MA is correct on the dates for Boyd K Packer's and Paul H.
Dunn's New England Mission Presidency years. President Packer 1965-1968 andPresident Paul H. Dunn 1986-1971. Brother T. Kimball lives/d in
Massachusettsand I just Know too from having been in the neighborhood too.
Both PresidentsPacker and Dunn were Both General Authorities when they
presided over the Cambridge based Mission.I too wish President
Packer a Speedy Recovery... God Bless...