"I can think of no greater teaching to our children than that of the power of prayer. We should do it by example, and take our children daily before the Lord and give them the peace and assurance that can come from knowing they are a child of our Father in Heaven. May we, this day, commit ourselves to so live that we will go before the Lord with a clear conscience and ask for His divine guidance and assistance and express our gratitude unto Him for the blessings He has given to us."

Elder L. Tom Perry
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Elder L. Tom Perry


Elder L. Tom Perry
Member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

From MormonNewsroom.org

Elder L. Tom Perry, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Perry was called to serve as an apostle on 6 April 1974, after serving as an Assistant to the Twelve since 1972. Elder Perry served faithfully until his passing on 30 May 2015.

Elder Perry’s Church service began with a mission to the Northern States in 1942, after which he served for two years with the Marines in the Pacific. Subsequent Church positions include: counselor in a bishopric in Lewiston, Idaho; counselor in a stake presidency in Sacramento, California; high councilor in the New York Stake; and president of the Boston Stake.

He was born 5 August 1922, in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Thomas and Nora Sonne Perry. He received his B.S. degree in finance from Utah State University in 1949 and did graduate work there. His professional career was spent in the retail business where he served as vice president and treasurer in companies located in Idaho, California, New York, and Massachusetts.

On 18 July 1947, he married Virginia Lee of Hyde Park, Utah, in the Logan Temple. She died 14 December 1974. They are the parents of two daughters and a son.

He married Barbara Taylor Dayton on 28 April 1976, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Read Elder Perry's first general conference talk after being sustained as an apostle.