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As a “courageous disciple of Jesus Christ,” Elder Dean M. Davies served with “unusual unwearingness” and “unparalleled skill, patience and persistence,” said President Russell M. Nelson

“Dean’s contributions to the Church and to the people throughout the world cannot be overestimated. He was tireless in his ministry, even as he battled cancer.”

President Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, spoke during Elder Davies’ funeral on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the North Salt Lake Utah Stake Center. Elder Davies, a General Authority Seventy and former member of the Presiding Bishopric, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, at age 69.

It was President Nelson’s first public appearance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and other members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Presidency of the Seventy and Presiding Bishopric joined the First Presidency and Elder Davies’ family and friends to honor, remember and celebrate his life. Several other General Authority Seventies and general officers were also present. 

“Dear children and grandchildren and those yet to come,” President Nelson said, “as you face your future, you can depend upon the rock solid testimony of this great patriarch, this exemplary, noble and humble man: Elder Dean Myron Davies.”

President Oaks said the members of the First Presidency have a combined 100 years experience of working closely with and knowing Elder Davies.

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