Allan F. Packer
|Allan F. Packer|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 5, 2008– October 6, 2018|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|End reason||Designated emeritus General Authority|
|Emeritus General Authority|
|October 6, 2018|
|Called by||Russell M. Nelson|
|Born||Allan Forrest Packer|
July 7, 1948
Brigham City, Utah, United States
|Parents||Boyd K. and Donna Packer|
Packer is the oldest child of Boyd K. Packer, who served as an apostle in the LDS Church, and his wife, Donna. He was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. He graduated from high school in Massachusetts while his father was serving as president of the LDS Church's New England Mission. As a young man, Packer served as a missionary, first in the Andes Mission and then after it was split, in the Colombia–Venezuela Mission from 1968 to 1970.
Packer met his wife, Terri Bennett, at a baptismal service in Boston while they were both still in high school. Bennett is also a native of Utah. They married on June 1, 1970, not long after Packer returned from his mission. By that time Packer had been made a high priest and was serving as a counselor to their ward's bishop. They are the parents of eight children.
Packer received a bachelor's degree in electronics technology from Brigham Young University. He worked as a vice president for various companies and then became an employee of the LDS Church's missionary department. From 2001 to 2004, he served as president of the Spain Málaga Mission. As a mission president, Packer was involved in interfaith activities with Muslim and Jewish religious leaders.
Packer has also served in the LDS Church as a member of the Young Men General Board, bishop, Scoutmaster, a stake and ward Young Men president, and as a counselor to William R. Walker, an emeritus general authority and former member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, in the presidency of the Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake.
At the April 2008 general conference of the church, Packer became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. From 2009 to 2016, he served as both an Assistant Executive Director and the Executive Director of the church's Family History Department. From 2016 to 2018, he was the first counselor in the church's South America South Area. On October 6, 2018, Packer was released and designated an emeritus general authority.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Church News, April 24, 2004.[full citation needed]
- LDS First Presidency announces changes to area leadership assignments, Church News, 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016
- "Leadership Changes Announced at October 2018 General Conference: Seven General Authority Seventies released", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2018-10-06
References[edit | edit source]
- "Elder Allan F. Packer", Liahona, May 2008, p. 137
- Blessings Outweigh the Sacrifice, Church News, 7 June 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- New mission presidents, (highlights Packer's call as a mission president) Church News, 10 March 2001. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- New stake presidents, (highlights Packer's call as First Counselor in the Sandy Utah Cottonwood Stake Presidency) August 6, 1994. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
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- "General Authorities: Elder Allan F. Packer", lds.org
- Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages: Allan F. Packer
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