Last night in our family meeting, I asked Sam to share something about Elder L Tom Perry, he said "he's the only apostle I've met". Yes, our family are connected to him that way. He will always remain personal to me through that experience.
There's a common saying that goes "We don't realize what we have until they're gone." That's how I feel about Elder Perry. He was never like some other apostles or prophets that give touching and moving speeches; to me at times he appeared worldly or too practical. But he's really a giant filled with characters of positivity and simplicity. He had lived a very long life but he was still so in touch with us about the modern world and challenges that we deal with everyday. I've been going back to listen to the highlights of his many talks. This one stood out for me and I know it would be for you too. He talks about how missionaries can make their mission last a lifetime, and how we can deal with stresses of life by living more simplistically. Mostly I love this quote (below) extracted from this talk, that just says everything about you all missionaries - how you all are light to the world, not because of the shiny name tags and sharp looking suits, but your commitment to be like the Savior and bring His Gospel to His children. I love you for being obedient and trying your best to serve the Lord, and I know you'll live a life full of blessings, as Elder Perry puts it, as you continue to practice what you learn and do on your mission for the rest of your life.