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12使徒委員会の3人は90歳以上です。ボイド・K・パッカ会長は910日に90歳になりました。子供は10人、孫は60人、曾孫は103人です。子孫合計173人です。ラッセル・M・ネルソン長老は910日に90歳になりました。ネルソン長老も子供は10人で、リグウド長老の妻ロザリはネルソン長老の9人の娘の一人です。ペーリ長老は1922年8月22日に生まれ、92歳になりました。

Born in 1922, Elder L. Tom Parry was 92 years old on 22 August 2014.

 

 

President Boyd K. Packer

Five years ago, on his 85th birthday, a friend told President Boyd K. Packer that if he kept having birthdays it would make him old.

“I did and it has,” President Packer said as he spoke with the Church News about his 90th birthday, which will be Sept. 10.

On a cooler-than-average August morning, President Packer and his wife, Donna Smith Packer, sat near a glowing fireplace in their home and reflected on the passing years that have brought him to the brink of his 10th decade of life.

“Unbelievable,” he said of how quickly the years have passed. “All of a sudden, it (his 90th birthday) is here. We weren’t conscious of the passing years. There was nothing we could do to hold time back. We tried to fill it with profitable lives. ... Ninety years. I feel we can’t waste time. We always seem to be in a hurry, that there’s something we need to accomplish.”

President Packer, who is President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said he doesn’t think in terms of looking at the past and wishing he could wind time backward, or do things differently.

“I’m quite content with what’s happened,” he said.

Most of his and Sister Packer’s contentedness stem from their family of 10 children, 60 grandchildren and 103 great-grandchildren.

“One of the joyful times was when we had our children in our home,” Sister Packer said. “Lots of times people think those are the stressful years. For us, it was just a very joyful time. I think Heavenly Father gave us some special spirits. We learned to work together on our projects.”

Believing children should have the opportunity to perform daily chores, they chose places to live where they could have gardens and animals to tend. In their early years, the Packers lived in Brigham City, Utah, where they both grew up, and Lindon, Utah. They moved to their current home in the Salt Lake Valley after he was called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1961. That property provided plenty of projects: gardens to plant and harvest; weeds to pull; underbrush to clear; trees to fell; rails to split for fences; a barn to repair and paint; and gates to be constructed, hung and repaired.

Working together on all those “little projects,” Sister Packer said, helped make their home the joyful place it became and still is.

President Packer said that now all their children are grown, they come back — with their own children and grandchildren.

“They help us out,” Sister Packer said. “When you get older, sometimes you have little problems. Polio has come back to [President Packer] and he’s in a wheelchair. Sundays are our days with our family. They bring a meal and we visit and get caught up with everybody. We do that 10 times and then start over again.”

The polio to which Sister Packer referred afflicted young Boyd, the 10th of 11 children born to Ira and Emma Packer, when he was 5 years old. It was diagnosed as pneumonia, which left him unable to walk for a time. It wasn’t until after he served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was suffering severe pain that total body X-rays showed evidence of polio in the malformed bones of his knees and hip.

If only one word could be selected to identify President Packer, it might be “teacher.” He has been a teacher in his home, in his career as a seminary instructor and administrator, mission president and as a General Authority, as well as a friend and neighbor.

“I’ve had a passion to give away everything I’ve got as far as knowledge and testimony,” he said.

He has one hope for those who he has taught and continues to teach: “It’s the same hope I’ve had for my children — that they will have a testimony of the gospel.”

One of the reasons he liked working with his children on various projects was that the work gave him opportunities to teach them.

“I liked to have them around and to teach them. They learned to ask a lot of questions and they still telephone about practical things. They call if they have a gardening question or a question about an animal or just about anything else.”

He particularly likes teaching about the Book of Mormon, which he “discovered” while serving in the military during World War II. “That was a great defining experience. I spent five years in the Air Force. I devoured the Book of Mormon and it became imprinted on my soul.”

As a young seminary teacher in Brigham City, he followed the Church’s curriculum of teaching the Old Testament, New Testament and Church history, then he added an early morning class on the Book of Mormon. When he became a supervisor of seminary and institutes, the Book of Mormon became part of the Churchwide seminary curriculum.

Sister Packer said, “He’s always sharing bits of knowledge about birds, any kind of wildlife. Often, I will overhear him sharing little tidbits that will help people with their family life.”

President Packer said, “I get that from my experiences with the older Brethren I served with.”

He spoke of LeGrand Richards, Henry D. Moyle, A. Theodore Tuttle, Marion G. Romney, Harold B. Lee, Howard W. Hunter and other late apostles and prophets who “were always volunteering information. You can learn a lot from what has been written, but there are a lot of things that are not written. I learned to be a good listener. I guess an attribute that has served me well after all these years is obedience. I’ve learned to obey the gospel and the leaders. Sometimes, it wasn’t easy but, unerringly, it was worthwhile.”

President Packer spoke of his association with Elder Spencer W. Kimball, then of the Quorum of the Twelve and chairman of the Indian Committee of the Church. From that association and earlier work establishing the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, President Packer’s love for the Indian people grew. It was a love fostered earlier by his grandparents, Joseph Alma and Sarah Wight Packer, who served two missions among the tribes of the Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

While being the definitive teacher, President Packer is a constant student. He has learned for his own edification as well as for the benefit of the Church. Among his numerous assignments as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, to which he was sustained in 1970, was working on “the scripture package,” the database that enables computerized scripture searches.

“President N. Eldon Tanner (then a counselor in the First Presidency) sent me to Palo Alto, California, to a month-long computer school run by IBM. Except for working on my doctorate in education, I don’t think I worked any harder anywhere to learn anything than I did to take advantage of that training,” President Packer said.

Seeing the ease with which scriptures can be searched, thereby furthering gospel knowledge and increasing faith, testimony is one of the dividends of his efforts.

President Packer bases his teachings on scriptural and gospel truths. He has gained a reputation as one who “tells it like it is,” regardless of what critics might say.

He said he doesn’t care how he will be remembered or if people agree with him. “If you start to play to the audience, then you’re not genuine,” he declared.

Sister Packer said he is very conscious that he’s a servant of the Lord and needs to listen to the promptings of the Spirit. “Sometimes it takes courage to say some of the things he feels he has to say, but that is what the people need,” she said. “People don’t know him just by seeing him at the pulpit. He has a great sense of humor. He’s been a very good father, not the domineering type in any way. He is just a loving man who is considerate to all of us and is thoughtful.”

One friend of the Packer family who has known him more than 40 years said many of his general conference addresses are something like what a compassionate father would say in warning his children away from pitfalls, danger and harm. “He simply wants to keep us from getting hurt or losing our way,” she said.

President Packer’s humor showed through when he commented on why he teaches as he does: “I don’t want you to make the same mistake once!”

An associate said, “I’ve never seen him express anger, but I have seen him show sorrow.”  President Boyd K. Packer turns 90, By Gerry Avant LDS Church News, Published: Thursday, Sept. 4 2014 2:45 p.m. MDT

Elder Russell M. Nelson

Lessons, principles and habits learned in childhood remain vivid in memory for Elder Russell M. Nelson, who turned 90 on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

The fundamental principles of honesty, integrity, courtesy and concern for others, which he learned from his mother and father, still stand as life’s guideposts. Those principles set him on the path that led him to become a world-renowned heart surgeon before he was called in 1984 at age 59 to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Born in Salt Lake City to Marion C. and Edna Anderson Nelson on Sept. 9, 1924, just five years before the stock market crash of 1929, Russell Nelson grew up a child of the Depression. He remembers asking for permission to eat a banana, a costly item for his family’s food budget, and merging a finger-sized soap remnant into a new bar of soap to keep from wasting it. He has retained the soap-saving habit.

At age 10, feeling a bit grown up, he began working as an errand boy in his father’s advertising agency, a job that brought him much satisfaction and gave him an opportunity to meet people.

“My father wanted me to come into his business,” Elder Nelson said. “That’s a desire of any father’s heart, to have his son take over what he has built.”

However, in high school, Russell discovered he liked chemistry and biology, and he realized he had a love for people. “I remember the conversation so well when I told my mother and father that I really didn’t want to go into advertising, that I wanted to be a doctor so I could help people. I could see the hurt in my father’s eyes but he didn’t let on. He said, ‘Son, your mother and I will do everything in our power to help you do what you want to do.’ ”

With his wife, Dantzel White Nelson, whom he married in 1945, by his side, he pursued his career in medicine, which included receiving doctoral degrees from the University of Utah and Minnesota, and additional advanced work residencies in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. He helped pioneer the development of the artificial heart-lung machine, a means of supporting a patient's circulation during open heart surgery. This development made open-heart surgery possible; he performed the first surgery of that kind in Utah in 1955.

Father of nine daughters and one son, he was serving as a Regional Representative at the time of his apostolic call in 1984; previously, he served as Sunday School general president (1971-79) and as a stake president.

He and Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Utah State Supreme Court justice and former BYU president, were sustained during the same session of the April 1984 general conference. It was the first time in 40 years that two new apostles were named at the same time, and the first time in nearly 21 years that anyone had been called directly into the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles without having first served in the ranks of the General Authorities. The last so called was Elder Thomas S. Monson in October 1963; prior to his call he was general manager of Deseret Press.

 Elder Nelson had become not only a surgeon of renown but also a teacher in the international medical community. He shared knowledge with surgeons throughout the world, including India, South America, China and what was then the Soviet Union. The First Presidency encouraged him to fulfill his obligations as a surgeon, researcher and lecturer.

 

A few days after he was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he told a Church News reporter, “You’re only happy in life if you’re rendering service. Whether I’m a surgeon or an apostle, all I need to know is that I’m doing what the Lord wants me to do” (Church News, April 22, 1984).

For the next 21 years, Elder Nelson fulfilled his apostolic assignments with the companionship of his wife, Dantzel. Then, on a Saturday afternoon while seated beside him on the sofa in their home, “the Lord took her in the twinkling of an eye,” Elder Nelson said of her sudden and unexpected death. They had been married more than 59 years.

Dr. Russell M. Nelson was a world-renowned heart surgeon at the time he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1984. (Courtesy Elder Russell M. Nelson)

In 2006, he married Wendy L. Watson in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Nelson said that as his family began making plans to celebrate his 90th birthday, Sister Wendy Nelson asked him to make a list of highlights during his 30 years as an apostle. When the Church News interviewed him in hopes of writing a “life story,” Elder Nelson waved off details about his personal interests (including his love of music and proficiency as a pianist and organist) and wanted to talk instead about the Church itself over the past three decades.

He commented on:

1. Church growth

The Church has more than doubled in size during the past 30 years, from 5.6-plus million members in 1984 to more than 15.2 million, as of the end of July. In 1984, there were 1,500 stakes; now there are more than 3,000; there were 1980 missions then and 406 now.

When he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve, Regional Representatives were assigned to help the Apostles. Today, Regional Representatives no longer exist, and international area presidencies have been authorized to work in each area. “We now have 328 ordained Seventies in eight quorums. Eighty-eight are General Authority Seventies and 240 are Area Seventies. These Seventies go where we cannot go. We are truly grateful for them.

2. Apostolic declarations

“Two important apostolic declarations have been made in that 30-year period. ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World’ in 1995, and ‘The Living Christ’ in the year 2000. The topics of these documents have eternal significance. The latter declaration is a testimony of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ.

3. Temple and Family History Executive Council, 1990-2007

Elder Nelson has spent 17 years on the temple and family history executive council. The number of temples has increased from 26 in April 1984 to 143. More are coming.

“Family History work has also changed in those 30 years. We now have much more member participation. Family History Centers, which were so vital 30 years ago, are becoming less necessary as more and more research work can be done via our personal computers at home. There is a good shift in the ratio of names brought to the temple for ordinance work. In 1984 most of the names were supplied from resources of the Church. Now, the vast majority of ordinances are done for names submitted by individual members of the Church. This is a remarkable change.

4. Priesthood Executive Council, 1984-90; 2007-10

“There has been a strong broadening of the Church curriculum, both in content and method. With the advent of the Internet and distance learning, we can see the day when the teaching of the Church will no longer need to be centered in our Church buildings. Teaching could easily be done at home. Technology assisted learning can be effectively implemented in the home with such marvelous aids as the Bible Videos and other products.

“The unity of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary and responsibility of our sister leaders is continuing to bless the Church in greater measure than ever before. We counsel with the sisters at headquarters. They are part of the team, every bit as much as the priesthood bearers.”

5. Missionary Executive Council, 2010-present

“There were 27,000-plus missionaries in 1984. Before the announcement in 2012 about the age change, we had 58,000 missionaries. Now we are over 87,000. We expected a big bump. We also expected a drop after two years’ supply of men were taken care of in one year and more than that for the women. But we’re not seeing that drop that we had anticipated because these missionaries are having such a fabulous experience that they are telling their younger brothers and sisters to get ready to go on missions.

6. Church Educational System

Elder Nelson has served on the Church Educational System Board of Education and is now chairman of the board’s executive committee.

“We have called a wonderful commissioner of education and presidents of our universities and LDS Business College. These men are outstanding.

“The impact of distance learning is very important, not only for the seminaries and institutes but for our universities.

7. Church History

For many years Elder Nelson served as the adviser of the Church History Department. The advent of the Joseph Smith Papers project, he said, is an example “that shows you how much more we are learning about the history of the Church and the contributions of the Prophet Joseph Smith.”

“That output has provided greater accessibility to the history of the Church than we’ve ever had. People with questions about the gospel can go to the Internet and find answers to their gospel questions with greater accuracy and facility than they ever had before.”

8. Assignment to open the doors of Eastern European nations, 1985-1990

In 1985, when President Taft Benson became President of the Church, he assigned Elder Nelson to direct the affairs of the Church in all of Europe and, for a time, Africa, “with a specific responsibility to open the doors of nations under the yoke of communism. In the five years that I had that assignment we opened Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and Estonia, following up on the great work of President Monson in the German Democratic Republic and Poland. I made 27 trips to Europe in five years, to 31 countries.

9. Worldwide travel

In the 30 years he has served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Nelson has traveled to 129 nations, some multiple times. He has participated in the dedication of 30 countries, including six Balkan nations in four days in 2010.

10. Other specific assignments

• 1993, he represented the Church at the Parliament of World Religions, held in Chicago, Illinois.

•1997-99, he served on the U.S. State Department of State Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad

• In the 30 years he has been an Apostle, he has created 24 stakes, called 153 stake presidents, performed 277 temple sealings, and written 16 pamphlets and books.

LDS apostle Elder Russell M. Nelson turns 90, By Gerry Avant LDS Church News, Published: Tuesday, Sept. 9 2014 10:05 a.m. MDT