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Funeral Services for Elder Packer Announced

The Church has announced the funeral services for Elder Boyd K. Packer. The services will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older. No word on if this will be streamed online, but we will let you know when we find out that information.

The Church has also released a short video and life sketch with some of the highlights of Elder Packer’s life.

2015 Freedmen’s Bureau Project: Connecting African Americans With Civil War–Era Ancestors.

FreedmensThe Freedmen’s Bureau Project was announced today by the Church as a national effort to help African Americans find their Civil War era ancestors.

The website explains, “To help bring thousands of records to light, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.

Tens of thousands of volunteers are needed to make these records searchable online. No specific time commitment is required, and anyone may participate. Volunteers simply log on, pull up as many scanned documents as they like, and enter the names and dates into the fields provided. Once published, information for millions of African Americans will be accessible, allowing families to build their family trees and connect with their ancestors.”

Watch the press conference with Elder Christofferson HERE.

This is an exciting opportunity to further spread the Spirit of Elijah and get people involved in their family histories.

Elder Perry Funeral Information and Honors

Elder PerryJust a reminder for our readers and friends, “Funeral services for Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square on Friday, June 5, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The funeral will be open to the public ages 8 and older.”

For more information please see the Mormon Newsroom, HERE

Elder Perry was also honored yesterday by the US Veteran’s Administration as their Veteran of the Day.

“Today’s Veteran of the Day is Tom Perry, who passed away this weekend at age 92. Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 and at the end of World War II was among the American forces that landed on Saipan. After the war, he was among the troops sent to occupy Japan.

“We were the first group to land in Nagasaki,” Tom would tell friends. “I will never forget that experience as long as I live.” Responding to the devastation all around them, Tom and fellow Marines helped in their off-hours to rebuild churches and secure food and shelter for orphaned children.

Tom continued a life of service as a senior leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His office was decorated with an American flag, jars of sand from Iwo Jima and Saipan, and a photo of the chapel he helped build on Saipan. “I would like to say I have always been proud of the time I served in the Marine Corps,” Tom would say.

Semper Fidelis, Tom. We honor his service.”

BYU Women’s Conference to be streamed online

Ballard WC speakerBYU Women’s Conference has announced that the closing session of the Conference will be streamed live on LDS.org. Tune in Friday, May 1st at 3:45pm MDT, to hear Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve speak. The theme of this year’s conference is 2 Nephi 11: 5, “And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death.”

Thank you to all who made this available. And if you’re there, we hope you’re having a spectacular time!

Follow BYU Women’s Conference on social media with the hashtag, #BYUWC.