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Published: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009

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25 years ago

Elder Mark E. Petersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, "who had written the editorials in the Church News since the beginning of the publication in 1931," died on Jan. 11, 1984, according to the Jan. 15, 1984, Church News.

The article stated, "Former president and chairman of the board of the Desert News Publishing Company, Elder Petersen was sustained as an apostle April 6, 1944, at age 43. He was the 12th and last man called to the apostleship by President Heber J. Grant."

He entered Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center on Jan. 5 and underwent surgery on Jan. 9. He died of longstanding complications of cancer.

He was born Nov. 7, 1900, in Salt Lake City to Christian and Christine Andersen Petersen, Danish converts.

According to the article: "During his years as a General Authority, Elder Petersen was well-known as a forceful speaker and writer. Although he was a dynamic leader, he sincerely shunned the spotlight and always gave credit for accomplishments to others. He was known for his gracious manner, warm and sincere smile, boundless energy and deep loyalty."

Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Petersen served as president of the West European Mission and in two stake presidencies. He was also vice president of the Genealogical Society of Utah and a member of the Sunday School general board.