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Thousands expected at Mormon leader L. Tom Perry’s funeral

June 5, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thousands are expected to attend a public funeral Friday for Mormon leader L. Tom Perry, who died at the age of 92 from cancer.

Perry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ highest governing body, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The group is modeled after Jesus Christ’s apostles, with members serving under the church president and his two counselors.

Perry died Saturday, just 40 days after being diagnosed with rare anaplastic thyroid cancer that his family said spread like “wildfire.”

He was the oldest member among the church’s top 15 leaders.

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