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Inspirational Quotes and Memories From the Life of Boyd K. Packer

Updated on June 26, 2017
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I am a child of God with infinite worth just like you are. I'm also a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This photo of Elder Boyd K. Packer was originally published in the 1976 issue of Rixida (Rick's college's annual publication)
This photo of Elder Boyd K. Packer was originally published in the 1976 issue of Rixida (Rick's college's annual publication) | Source

President Packer Left Behind a Legacy That Will Not Be Forgetten

Boyd K. Packer served as a general authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 50 years, with the past seven years spent serving as the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Even before he began his service as a general authority, he had a strong reputation for being a powerful and influential teacher of the word of God.

He has left us with a wealth of wisdom and inspiration that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

I gathered a small collection of some of my favorite quotes and talks from President Packer in order to create this hub, and I have to admit that I had a wonderful time reflecting on the many lessons that I have learned from him as I compiled these words of wisdom.

I hope that they will be as meaningful to you as they are to me.

I encourage you to take the time to watch the videos that I attached to this hub. As I listen to President Packer speak, there is no doubt in my mind at all that he was a man called of God.

President Boyd K. Packer on The Importance of Controlling Our Thoughts

I absolutely love the empowering message that Elder Packer reiterated so many times during his life that we can control our thoughts and that in doing so, we can improve the quality of our lives.

The first lesson I ever learned from President Packer comes from the video that I attached below about our mind being like a stage. One of my Sunday school teachers taught me this lesson when I was a little girl.

At the time I don't think I really understood who President Packer was, but as my teacher explained the concepts that he presents in the video below, the lesson was not lost on me. It is a lesson that has stuck with me my whole life, and I am extremely grateful for it.

  • Thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can gain courage, conquer fear and have a happy life.”
  • “Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." Those who can control their thoughts have conquered themselves.”

I remember learning about this talk when I was a little girl! What a wonderful message!

President Packer on Agency and Making Wise Choices

President Packer reminded us about the importance of making good choices on many occasions.

I love how he explained so simply how the impact of tiny choices that we make over a lifetime shape who we are and show the world what's really important to us.

He reminded us that each choice has a consequence whether for the good or for the bad, and that if we persistently make good choices we will be able to experience an increased amount of joy in our lives.

In the bold and powerful tone that President Packer so often used in his addresses, he even warns us about what will happen to society as we know it if we forget that there is a responsibility that comes with freedom.

  • The choice of life is not between fame and fortune, nor wealth and poverty, but between good and evil.”
  • “All are born with the Light of Christ, a guiding influence which permits each person to recognize right from wrong. What we do with that light and how we respond to those promptings to live righteously is part of the test of mortality.”
  • “Our lives are made up of thousands of everyday choices. Over the years these little choices will be bundled together and show clearly what we value.”
  • Happiness will depend on what each of us does with what each has, what we learn from what we do, and what we do thereafter.”
  • "Our whole social order could self-destruct over the obsession with freedom disconnected from responsibility; where choice is imagined to be somehow independent of consequences.”

President Packer Shares a Message of Hope Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ

President Packer never failed to empower people by sharing the message that they could overcome any temptation, sin, or addiction that they are faced with through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

We all have weaknesses and imperfections. No matter how hard we try to always control our thoughts and actions, we are going to make mistakes from time to time. President Packer reminded us over and over again that even when we make mistakes, we all have hope through Christ.

Even though we make poor choices from time to time, we can find hope and courage knowing that it is never to late to make the choice to repent so that we can be cleansed and healed through our Savior's atonement for us.

  • “Some are filled with a compelling urge, a temptation that recycles in the mind, perhaps to become a habit, then an addiction. We are prone to some transgression and sin and also a rationalization that we have no guilt because we were born that way. We become trapped, and hence comes the pain and torment that only the Savior can heal. You have the power to stop and to be redeemed.”
  • “Every soul confined to a concentration camp of sin and guilt has a key to the gate. The adversary cannot hold them if they know how to use it. The key is labeled Repentance.”
  • Christ will step in and solve the problem you cannot solve, but you have to pay the price. It does not come without doing that. He is a very kind ruler in the sense that He will always pay the price necessary, but He wants you to do what you should, even if it is painful.”

In this video President Packer talks about the hope available to all of us through the atonement of Jesus Christ.


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      Rebecca Young 2 years ago from Renton, WA

      I wish that I could have covered even more of the legacy that President Packer left behind, but obviously it was far too much to cover in a brief hub.

      It's hard to imagine what his half-century of full-time service would have been like. The best comparison I can make is to to the time that I spent as a full-time missionary, and that period of my life, while full of challenges, was absolutely wonderful.

      I hope that I can continue to do my own little part in dedicating myself to the Lord's service.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I feel that Boyd K. Packer could be content with the two themes from his teachings which you have chosen to present here.

      Imagine for yourself, if you can, what a half century of full time sevice to the Saviour must have been like for this man who passed away at his home in the presence of his family at 2 PM on July 3, 2015 at the age of 90.