Join me today in my series with Lynn Packer – journalist, investigative reporter, and nephew to the late LDS/Mormon apostle Boyd K. Packer.

Lynn Packer was involved in many significant Utah news stories including that of forger/bomber Mark Hofmann and serial killer Ted Bundy. Lynn is perhaps most well known for his investigation of Mormon General Authority Paul H. Dunn. Lynn’s investigation directly led to Elder Paul H. Dunn being put on Emeritus Status by the LDS Church First Presidency for repeatedly telling fabricated stories to the worldwide church membership.

  • In Part 1 we discuss the early life of Mormon Apostle Boyd K. Packer, and his rise to power within the LDS Church.
  • In Part 2 we discuss Lynn Packer’s life, and his perspectives on and interactions with Boyd K. Packer while he was working as a Utah investigative reporter (and while working at BYU).
  • In Part 3 we will discuss Lynn’s investigation of LDS General Authority Paul H. Dunn, discovering that he was telling false stories to LDS Church members about his involvement in professional baseball, and in his activities as a World War II soldier.
  • In Part 4 we will discuss Lynn’s recent investigation into Operation Underground Railroad and Tim Ballard.

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  1. Frank November 8, 2020 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Information about Leon Packer.

    Leon Packer had a very successful military experience (to use the vernacular, he was a “stud”). Boyd’s experience, on the other hand, was very uneventful. Lynn, is true that Boyd felt, as a young man, inferior to Leon? Just a side bar: I was a missionary under both Boyd K. Packer and Paul H. Dunn in the New England Mission.

  2. VFanRJ November 10, 2020 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I always enjoy listening to Lynn Packer. He has such interesting stories about Mormonism.

    Lynn makes a very perceptive observation comparing faith based views vs science based views.

  3. Gretchen Stanton November 11, 2020 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Wonderful information. Thank you so much for your ongoing time and effort to bring us more knowledge.

  4. Nan November 14, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    My grandmother, an English immigrant, lived in Davis County her entire 98 years. She also drank Sanka, made rootbeer, using a yeast base ( not dry ice), and had her afternoon tea every day. She was also an active, in-good-standing, serving member and temple worker. The church, up to my teen years was VERY different than the hyper-scrupulous church it is today. The smell of coffee in the morning was common in the homes of her rural community. They attended to more important concerns. I am familiar with downtown Brigham City, enjoying Idle Cafe sandwiches in the booth seating as a kid. It is fun to hear Mr. Packer give an overview of his childhood.

    • Cory Jorgensen November 25, 2020 at 1:51 pm - Reply

      Yes, rootbeer made with yeast and NOT dry ice. My grandmother in Logan used to make this all the time. We even made it sometimes. My grandparents also drank coffee daily through the 80s-90s with temple recommends.

  5. RLeeG November 15, 2020 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I have only listened to this first one while remodeling my bathroom, but I have absolutely loved it. I come from a combination of strong mormon families that have long had big get togethers and Mormonism was always such a central foundation of that. So it felt sort of nostalgic listening to parts. Lynn is a great story teller and just super likeable sounding. Interesting to hear about a side of Packer that is so unfamiliar. One thing that sticks out to me, is the possibility that some of these leaders can be more relaxed and open than we realize, but the rigid image they portray to members makes those members model that rigidity that might not even exist among some of those leaders. Kind of tragic. If they were just themselves up on the stand then maybe more members would feel more comfortable being themselves as well.

    Enjoying it immensely and just wanted to say thanks for doing these interviews with Lynn.

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