An observation from President Packer’s funeral

One of my favorite moments from the funeral of President Packer didn’t make the final video release. I thought I’d share it here since I took a screenshot during the live video.

After the casket was loaded in the car in the background, Sister Packer and the family turned and entered the cars seen at the bottom of this picture. As the remaining members of the Quorum exited the tabernacle and saw they were not yet loaded, they stopped and waited for the family to enter the cars rather than walk around and enter their own cars waiting in the cortege line. Her husband is gone, but Donna Packer holds the complete love and reverence from the Quorum. 


I love this photo for another reason that was more apparent when seeing it live. When Elder Nelson saw they were not yet loaded, he stopped. His brethren in the quorum didn’t look around to see why nor ask each other the reason for the stopping. Instead, they saw that Elder Nelson, the senior member and probable President of the Quorum stopped and they instantly followed his lead. After 21 years of following President Packer as Acting President and President of the Quorum, the mantle has moved and it is recognized.

The mix of strength and humility in this group inspires me so much.


Meeting the challenges of Today

I read this talk a couple weeks ago and have really worked to comprehend all that is taught. It’s directed my personal study since then. It was given by Neal A Maxwell in 1978 and has proven to be absolutely prophetic in the 40 years since. I highly recommend reading it along to the audio so you can get the full delivery of his words. A few things:

1) This is bigger than any one topic, be it political or personal. I hope that it will be read as such and applied far and wide.

2) I believe Neal A Maxwell to have been a prophet, seer and revelator before he died in 2004. This message is just one of many examples from him. I do believe there are still living Prophets and Apostles. This talk has led me to study more intently their words.

3) This talk contains warnings: (“But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters; in the months and years ahead, events will require of each member that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions”)

4) This talk also contains beautiful assurances (“If he knew beforehand the movements and whereabout of fishes in the little Sea of Tiberias, should it offend us that he knows beforehand which mortals will come into the gospel net?”)

5) To focus too much on the warnings or the assurances does an injustice to both. It’s ok to be optimistically apprehensive.

6) Fore-ordination, when correctly understood, is a beautiful doctrine.

All that being said, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.