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During his first public appearance since COVID-19, President Nelson honors Elder Davies for his tireless, valiant ministry

Darla Davies, widow of Elder Dean M. Davies, second from left, receives an embrace after the funeral for Elder Davies in North Salt Lake, Utah, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. 
Darla Davies, widow of Elder Dean M. Davies, second from left, receives an embrace after the funeral for Elder Davies in North Salt Lake, Utah, on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. 
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

As a “courageous disciple of Jesus Christ,” Elder Dean M. Davies served with “unusual unwearingness” and “unparalleled skill, patience and persistence,” said President Russell M. Nelson.

“Dean’s contributions to the Church and to the people throughout the world cannot be underestimated. He was tireless in his ministry, even as he battled cancer.”

President Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring, spoke during Elder Davies’ funeral on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the North Salt Lake Utah Stake Center. Elder Davies, a General Authority Seventy and former member of the Presiding Bishopric, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, at age 69.

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