Elder Scott is third LDS apostle to die in last few months


(KUTV) Elder Richard G. Scott is the third member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to die in the last few months. Elder L. Tom Perry passed away at the end of May and then just a short time later President Boyd K. Packer died.

That means there are three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve which has not happened since 1906 according to a church spokesman.

At Temple Square, it was a day of reflection and sorrow over of the loss of Scott.

"Every time we hear him teach, he's just that wonderful teacher that we love and we appreciate him," said LDS member Daniel Ward.

"A lot of love for him and his teachings," said church member Justin Evans.

Scott was known for his tender heart-to-heart sermons which included much of the time thoughts about his wife, Jeanene, who passed away in May of 1995.

"He's with his wife that he loves and I'm happy for him and grateful for his life and what he did," said Ward.

It's no surprise that Scott's health was not good, and his time was short, but no one could have predicted three LDS Apostles passing away within less than four months.

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Perry passed away on May 30, at the age of 92, shortly after he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

And almost one month later, Elder Boyd K. Packer the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles passed away on July 3. He was 90 years old and had served for more than 53 years as a general authority.

That means three new apostles need to be called. Members of the LDS church that 2News spoke with are anxious to hear who will be called.

"It's going to be a great experience because it's a time when so many of us as members of the church can really exercise our faith in a living prophet and the organization of the church," said Jim Vanderveek,a church member.

Apostles are usually called during the church's world-wide General Conference meetings. The next one is scheduled to take place in less than two weeks on October 3 and 4. It's unknown whether all three apostles will be called at that time or only one or two. The church said, "it is undetermined when the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will be filled."

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