Temple Square reacts to the news of President Packer’s death


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Reactions from Temple Square ranged from shock and sadness as people learn of the news of President Packer’s death.

“I said it out loud and this poor little lady overheard me and she came up to me and she’s like, “What did you just say?” and I was like, “President Packer just passed away,” and her eyes just filled up with tears, you could tell President Packer meant a lot to her, he means a lot to everybody but it was really touching to see,” said Dallin Hildreth as he recalled the second he learned of news.

That reaction – from many at Temple Square – was that of shock and sadness as many learned of the news of President Packer’s death as our news team approached them for an interview.

“Man, that’s sad because he’s always been a rock and his passion and love for the gospel has always been huge to me,” added Russell Hildreth from Butte, Montana.

People at Temple Square remember a man full of love who made a lasting impression in the lives of many.

Like in Dallin’s life who said, “his testimony meant a lot to me I just – I remember how many times on my mission and through out my life I’d read his testimony and read through his talks and he would – you could tell he knew that Christ was our Savior and he knew that Christ lived. His testimony meant a lot I think to everybody.”

His influence – was strong. His passion – unrivaled, as families have long paid tribute to his life.

“My brother actually got married today, his name is Boyd, he was actually, his namesake was Boyd K. Packer,” said Aaron Hildreth.

Today many at Temple Square remember a man who never faltered, who stayed strong, and whose legacy will continue to live on in the many lives he touched.

“I could always tell he was a great man and that he loved the gospel and his strong testimony,” added Russell.


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