Latter-day Saint Life

Elder Perry's Challenge from a Church Training Video that Was Filmed Days Before His Death


The annual Seminar for New Mission Presidents has been a gathering of many unforgettable talks and teachings. Prophets and apostles have used the event to teach gospel truths essential to missionary work and beyond.

Participants in this year’s edition of the seminar will never forget being taught by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

The beloved apostle — a modern-day icon in Church and missionary leadership — died May 30. But just 11 days before his death, he sat down and filmed a missionary-themed interview with his friend and fellow apostle, Elder Russell M. Nelson.

The interview allowed Elder Perry to, once again, play a key teaching role in the seminar for new mission presidents — while offering the many who love him a final few moments with a man defined by his selflessness, generosity and enthusiasm.

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