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Pres. Packer notes his 79th birthday

President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will celebrate his 79th birthday today.

"President Packer will attend to his normal duties at the office throughout the day on Wednesday and looks forward to spending the evening with his family," LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills said.

He was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Brigham City to Ira Wight and Emma Jensen Packer.

President Packer was set apart as acting President of the Twelve on June 5, 1994, and again on March 12, 1995. He was sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve on Sept. 30, 1961; sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve on April 6, 1970; and ordained an apostle on April 9, 1970, at age 45.

He was a supervisor of seminaries and institutes of religion prior to being called as a General Authority. He also served as president of the New England States Mission.

President Packer received bachelor's and master's degrees at Utah State University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Brigham Young University. He was a pilot in the Pacific during World War II.