Ever since his childhood in the farming community of Brigham City, Utah, President Boyd K. Packer has had a love of nature and art. Of particular interest to him have been birds and animals. In high school, he had ambitions to become an artist, but World War II led him in another direction. After serving as a pilot in the Pacific, he returned home and turned his attention to college, marriage, and teaching seminary.
Today he serves as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He and his wife, Donna Smith Packer, are the parents of 10 children, and take delight in their grandchildren. But throughout his life, President Packer has pursued his love of art through his carvings of birds and paintings of rural Utah.
Following are some of the images of his artwork currently featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art entitled “Boyd K. Packer: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.” The exhibit will be open through 6 September 2004 and can be viewed on the Internet at www.lds.org/museum/exhibits/packer.