About Boyd Kenneth Packer
Wikipedia Biographical Summary:
...Boyd Kenneth Packer (born September 10, 1924) is an American educator and religious leader, and the current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He served as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve from 1994 to 2008, and has been an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve since April 1970. Packer has served as general authority of the church since 1961. Currently, he is the second most senior apostle among the ranks of the church..."
"...Packer was the tenth of eleven children born to Ira W. and Emma (née Jensen) Packer in Brigham City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1946. Packer flew a number of bombing missions in the Pacific theater of World War II..."
"...After leaving the military, Packer initially attended Weber College (now Weber State University), where he met his wife Donna (née Smith) Packer. They married in the Logan Utah Temple in 1947, and eventually had ten children. After their marriage, Packer attended Utah State University, earning bachelor's and master's degrees, and later earned an Ed.D. from Brigham Young University..."
"...In 1961, Packer was called by Church President David O. McKay to serve as an Assistant to the Twelve, a discontinued general authority position. While serving in the position, Packer was assigned to serve as mission president of the New England States Mission of the church. He also served for a time as the managing director of the church's military relations committee..."
"...Following David O. McKay's death in January 1970, Packer, then 45 years old, was called by newly-ordained Church President Joseph Fielding Smith as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the church's April 1970 General Conference..."
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Boyd K. Packer', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 December 2011, 21:13 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Boyd_K._Packer&oldid=466399858> [accessed 2 February 2012]