Lowell Tom Perry
(born August 5 1922
) is a senior member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church), having become a member of that body in 1974.
Perry was born in Logan
to Leslie Thomas Perry and his wife Elsie Nora Sonne. Perry, Utah
is named for the Perry's ancestor, Gustavus Adolphus Perry and his family, who were among the first settlers at that place.
From the time of Perry's birth until he was eighteen his father was bishop of their Logan ward. From 1942-1944 Perry served as a missionary in the Northern States Mission, headquartered in Chicago. Just after returning from his mission he joined the United States military, specifically the marines. 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 Utah State University
in 1949 with a B.S. in business.
Perry's first job out of college was with a retail business in Idaho. He latter was involved in business jobs that took him to Washington State, California and New York.
He had a career in the retail business in Boston, Massachusetts. He became a fan of the Boston Red Sox, even throwing out the first pitch at a game on May 8 2004.
Early church service
In Idaho, Perry served as a counselor in a bishopric
. Over the years he served in other positions including as an early-morning seminary teacher.
Perry served the LDS Church as a stake president in Boston.
Perry first became a general authority
by serving in the position of Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
in 1972. When a vacancy among the Twelve Apostles was created by the death of Church President Harold B. Lee
and Spencer W. Kimball's
moving from the position of President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
to that of church president, Perry was chosen as the first new apostle
of Kimball's administration, sustained
to the Quorum on April 6 1974
and ordained to the office of apostle on April 11 1974
Today, Perry ranks after 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 Hinckley to serve as the area president of the Europe Central Area of the church, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, a position normally held by a member of the seventy, making 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.
L. Tom Perry married Virginia Lee in the Logan Temple
on 18 July 1947. They had three children, including Lee Tom Perry
. Virginia died in 1974. In 1976, L. Tom Perry married Barbara Dayton.