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“That warmth, that graciousness, the fact that he really did like people and he liked all the members of the Church and appreciated them — I think that’s how he’ll be remembered,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Cook said Elder Perry’s witness of Jesus Christ would also be remembered. “Tom Perry bore a powerful witness of Jesus Christ. He knew the Savior; he loved the Savior.”
“We must be bold in our declaration of Jesus Christ,” Elder Perry taught in the Church’s October 2011 general conference. “We want others to know that we believe He is the central figure in all human history. His life and teachings are the heart of the Bible and the other books we consider to be holy scripture.”
As with the apostles in New Testament times, Latter-day Saint apostles are called to be special witnesses of Jesus Christ. Elder Perry was one of 15 men who help oversee the growth and development of the global Church, which now numbers over 15 million members.
Read more about Elder Perry, and view a picture gallery of Elder L. Tom Perry at the Mormon Newsroom