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Boyd K. Packer dies at 90; Mormon leader next in line to be church president

Boyd K. Packer dies at 90; Mormon leader next in line to be church president

High-ranking Mormon leader Boyd K. Packer, who was next in line to be president of the church, died Friday at his home in Salt Lake City, said the church in a statement. He was 90. Packer was one of the most conservative members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' top hierarchy, at one point identifying homosexuals, feminists and "so-called intellectuals" as enemies of the church. His strict interpretation of doctrine and other statements sparked protests in recent years. Packer had been a member of the church's powerful Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1970. He was the second member of that body to die in recent months. L. Tom Perry died of...

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