L. Tom Perry
|L. Tom Perry|
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|April 6, 1974|
|Called by||Spencer W. Kimball|
|April 11, 1974– Incumbent|
|Called by||Spencer W. Kimball|
|Reason||Death of Harold B. Lee and reorganization of First Presidency|
|Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|October 6, 1972– April 6, 1974|
|Called by||Harold B. Lee|
|End reason||Called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Born||Lowell Tom Perry
August 5, 1922
Logan, Utah, United States
|Alma mater||Utah State University (B.S.)|
|Spouse||Virginia Lee (1947–1974; deceased)
Barbara Dayton (1976–present)
Lowell Tom Perry (born August 5, 1922) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having become a member of that body in 1974. Currently, he is the third most senior and oldest living apostle in the church.
Perry was born in Logan, Utah, to Leslie Thomas Perry and his wife, Elsie Nora Sonne. Perry, Utah is named for Perry's ancestor, Gustavus Adolphus Perry and his family, who were among the first settlers in that area.
From the time of Perry's birth until he was eighteen, his father was bishop of their LDS ward in Logan. From 1942 to 1944, Perry served as an LDS missionary in the Northern States Mission, headquartered in Chicago. After returning from his mission he joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division. During the Second World War, Perry was part of the American forces that landed on Saipan, and remained there for about a year. While there he participated in the construction of an LDS chapel on the island. He was among the United States troops sent to occupy Japan after the war. While in Nagasaki, Perry coordinated a group of Marines to help rebuild a local Protestant church.
Perry graduated from the Utah State Agricultural College (modern Utah State University) in 1949 with a B.S. in finance.
Early church service
In addition to his mission to the Northern States, Perry has served in the LDS Church as an early-morning seminary teacher, as a counselor in a bishopric, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, and as president of the church's Boston Massachusetts Stake.
Perry was called as a general authority and Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1972. The death of church president Harold B. Lee created a vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve when Spencer W. Kimball, who had been serving as quorum president, became church president. Perry was sustained as a member of the Twelve on April 6, 1974, and was ordained an apostle on April 11, 1974.
Today, Perry ranks behind only church president Thomas S. Monson and quorum president Boyd K. Packer in apostolic seniority. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Perry is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator.
In 2004, Perry was asked by church president Gordon B. Hinckley to serve as president of the church's Europe Central Area, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, a position normally held by a member of the seventy. This made Perry one of the most senior officials of the church ever to be stationed away from Salt Lake City. While serving in this capacity, Perry initiated a more proactive institute program that emphasized meeting the social and intellectual needs of young single adult church members.
Perry married Virginia C. Perry (née Lee) in the Logan Temple on July 18, 1947. They had three children together. Perry's son, Lee Tom Perry, is an academic and is currently dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Virginia Perry died of cancer in December 1974. Their daughter, Barbara, died of cancer in 1983.
In 1976, he married Barbara Dayton.
- Perry, L. Tom (2011), Family ties: a message for fathers, Deseret Book, ISBN 978-1-60908-768-5, OCLC 710044911
- —— (1996), Living with enthusiasm, Deseret Book, ISBN 978-1-57345-136-9, OCLC 34115910
- Humanitarian Award for Service to Others (2014) – Catholic Community Services of Utah (L. Tom and Barbara Perry)
- Peggy Fletcher Stack, "Meet the unassuming, optimistic, LDS apostle", The Salt Lake Tribune, published 4 April 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Perry, Lee (February 1975), "Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve", Ensign: 9, retrieved 7 March 2015
- "Elder Perry creates first Kiribati stake, dedicates islands", Church News, 21 September 1996, retrieved 7 March 2015
- "Constructing a chapel and testimonies", Church News, 15 January 2011, retrieved 7 March 2015
- Dunn, Loren C. (August 1987), "Elder L. Tom Perry: Serving with Enthusiasm", Tambuli: 9, retrieved 7 March 2015
- Stack (2011).
- 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007) p. 36.
- "Catholic Community Services Honors Mormon Apostle and Wife", mormonnewsroom.org, 6 November 2014.
- "Elder L. Tom Perry - Leader Biographies: Official Biographies for leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", Newsroom (LDS Church)
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher (4 April 2011). "Meet the unassuming, optimistic LDS apostle". Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City). Retrieved 4 April 2015.
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles|
Bruce R. McConkie
|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
April 11, 1974 – Present
David B. Haight