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Mormonism Online: In Your Own Words | 4 June 2015

Thousands Pay Tribute to Elder L. Tom Perry

In Your Own Words is a regular sampling of online articles, blog posts and social media that represent some of the current conversations about Mormonism. The posts in this series do not necessarily represent the views of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, nor are they meant to be a comprehensive summary of the online conversations about the Church. The intent is to highlight social media content from individuals that will help journalists and the public better understand Mormonism.

When news of Elder L. Tom Perry’s passing spread on Saturday, May 30, 2015, thousands shared their thoughts and appreciation for the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The passing of a great man today. #workinprogress #LTomPerry #LDS #LDSstrong

A photo posted by Gerrad La'ulu (@laulu_art) on

Elder Perry, known for his big smile, optimistic nature and unwavering faith, had recently been diagnosed with cancer, which became aggressive in recent weeks.

Others, including religious and political leaders, shared their condolences and honors.

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert: “Elder Perry was a great man, a friend and a tremendous leader. His friendly smile and optimism always encouraged everyone he met, including me, to try a little harder, to stand a little taller and to be a little better. He loved God and he loved all of God’s children. We need more people like him." (via Fox 13)

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Tom Perry, who passed away this weekend at age 92. Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944...

Posted by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In a touching interview with the Deseret News, Lee Tom Perry spoke about his father’s legacy and dedication to family. According to Perry, his father always wanted to give everything he had, no matter what he was doing, and was fond of saying “I’ve never had a bad day in my life.”

This optimism and love of family left lasting impressions to those Elder Perry taught.

Elder Perry ❤️ You will be missed. #lds #mormon #apostle #faithfultiltheend

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Many continue to express their appreciation and how Elder Perry will be missed by his family and those he served.

Gabriel Haynes: Rip from an Evangelical Pentecostal. We may have differences but we all serve the same one True God. May God bring peace and love to this community in their time of mourning. (Mormon Newsroom Facebook Page)

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