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Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography ❰EPUB❯ ✰ Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography Author Sheri Dew – Buyprobolan50.co.uk I believe that you will find in this biography the story of a truly great man Not a perfect man, nor a man who hasn t faced and even struggled with mortality s challenges But a man of conviction and c I believe that Benson: A PDF ☆ you will find in this biography the story of a truly great man Not a perfect man, nor a man who hasn t faced and even struggled with mortality s challenges But a man of conviction and courage A man who has remained true to the principles in which he deeply believes A man who has responded to assignments within the Ezra Taft Kindle - gospel kingdom that have demanded total commitment and faith in the Lord This is a man who has faced hardships, has worked to overcome personal shortcomings, has had triumphs, and through it all, has turned his life completely over to the Lord Sheri DewThis is the story of Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day SaintsIt is the Taft Benson: A PDF ✓ saga of a farm boy who loved the land and the Lord a plough boy who became a prophet It tells of his romance and marriage to a city girl, Flora Amussen, a young woman who had faith in him than he had in himself He is a family man, the father of six and the eldest of eleven brothers and sistersThis is the story of the most formally educated president of the Church He received a bachelor s degree from Brigham Young University, a master s degree from Iowa Sate University, and did post graduate work at the University of California He subsequently wrote several books, received many honorary degrees, and delivered thousands of addressesIt is the story of a man who, after working with rural people in various capacities, became the first Latter day Saint to serve in the cabinet of the president of the United States eight years as Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of Dwight D Eisenhower His fight to help the farmers of America be free and prosperous marked him as a man of conviction who stood by his principles despite enormous political pressuresEzra Taft Benson is a man of God Twice he served as a stake president and twice as president of the European Mission At the close of World War II he served a mission of mercy, ministering to the spiritual and temporal needs of destitute Latter day Saints in EuropeWhen he came to the office of president of the Church in November , he had known heads of state and was perhaps the most widely traveled of any prophet in this dispensation He had served forty two years as an apostle, including twelve years as president of the Quorum of the TwelveThe Lord tutored him well for his call as a prophet There was divine design in his life that prepared him for the new and heavy tasks that lay ahead.


10 thoughts on “Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography

  1. Kimber Kimber says:

    I always enjoy reading biographies of the prophets Ezra Taft Benson was no different He was a remarkable man Reading about his life experiences, I know that he was put on the earth at exactly the right time that the world needed him It was also apparent that his early life experiences prepared him for his later life experiences Much of his life was spent in politics, so much of the book discussed the political world he was involved in Things really don t change much in politics The Democr I always enjoy reading biographies of the prophets Ezra Taft Benson was no different He was a remarkable man Reading about his life experiences, I know that he was put on the earth at exactly the right time that the world needed him It was also apparent that his early life experiences prepared him for his later life experiences Much of his life was spent in politics, so much of the book discussed the political world he was involved in Things really don t change much in politics The Democrats and Republicans didn t agree on anything then and they don t agree on anything now It was admirable the Ezra didn t back down from what he believed to be right, even in the face of criticism I was also impressed the he encouraged prayers to be offered at political meetings and often offered the prayer himself Because of his service in the government, doors were opened in many countries to the church later in his life I like learning little known personal things about the prophets, like he was known as T for most of his life It always strengthens my testimony to read of the lives of the prophets


  2. Kristin Kristin says:

    My husband and I read this book together during the first few months of our marriage We often found ourselves laughing and crying at the stories and hardships they faced I felt particularly connected to the women described and was strengthen in my new role as a wife and upcoming role of a mother I almost felt a part of the Benson family It is a wonderful description of a modern family pulling together through difficulties I never realized the full extent of President Benson s participation My husband and I read this book together during the first few months of our marriage We often found ourselves laughing and crying at the stories and hardships they faced I felt particularly connected to the women described and was strengthen in my new role as a wife and upcoming role of a mother I almost felt a part of the Benson family It is a wonderful description of a modern family pulling together through difficulties I never realized the full extent of President Benson s participation in polics and patriotism


  3. Brent Brent says:

    My neighbor across the street a good Catholic had been introduced to Ezra Taft Benson and said he wasimpressed with him than anyone else he had met A Mormon friend loaned him this book My neighbor read it and loved it so much, he loaned it to me, knowing I am a Mormon The book gave me a greater appreciation of President Benson, as a man and as a past Prophet and President of our Church This biography shows that he may have been the world s most successful salesman of the Book of Mo My neighbor across the street a good Catholic had been introduced to Ezra Taft Benson and said he wasimpressed with him than anyone else he had met A Mormon friend loaned him this book My neighbor read it and loved it so much, he loaned it to me, knowing I am a Mormon The book gave me a greater appreciation of President Benson, as a man and as a past Prophet and President of our Church This biography shows that he may have been the world s most successful salesman of the Book of Mormon Sheri Dew also provides a glimpse of post World War II Europe, where he was led by the Church to succor its members there through seemingly impossible means And, in describing his beginnings as an Idaho farm boy, and his work for American farmers, including later his eight years of service as President Eisenhower s Secretary of Agriculture, her book adds to an understanding of national farm policies and politics Given all that he accomplished, the support of his wife Flora and his humility stand out to me Shortly after my neighbor loaned it to me, he suffered some additional medical problems that have led to his current hospitalization So I hope to visit him tomorrow in the hospital and return this book with a good review


  4. Ken Lawrence Ken Lawrence says:

    Really A biography of Ezra Taft Benson with hardly a mention of the John Birch Society President Benson was an interesting figure, straddling the worlds of Salt Lake and Washington D.C He was educated and talented and spiritual, but Dew s book does a disservice by ignoring significant aspect of Benson s political life, personal views, and interactions with colleagues For the rest of the story, read David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism For apointed summary, read the chapter Really A biography of Ezra Taft Benson with hardly a mention of the John Birch Society President Benson was an interesting figure, straddling the worlds of Salt Lake and Washington D.C He was educated and talented and spiritual, but Dew s book does a disservice by ignoring significant aspect of Benson s political life, personal views, and interactions with colleagues For the rest of the story, read David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism For apointed summary, read the chapter about Ezra Taft Benson in D Michael Quinn s The Mormon Heirarchy Extensions of Power


  5. Mommywest Mommywest says:

    I m reading this book for the umpteenth time I am always inspired by President Benson s life I also am amazed by his wife and all she was able to do in spite of the fact that her husband was gone all the time because of work church callings etc I learn so much from the way they handled their family and all their responsibilities with faith, determination, and strength My testimony of the true gospel of Jesus Christ is strengthened every time, without fail


  6. Allison Allison says:

    My Mom gave this book to me way back in High School, when President Benson was the prophet I never read it, but had it sitting on my shelf Finally, I made a goal to read it, and was amazed I couldn t put it down, it was so intriguing to learn about the life of a prophet I loved reading this book and want to read all of the biographies of the prophets.


  7. Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson says:

    Pretty weak Glossed over The poorest of the LDS Church president s biographies that I have read.


  8. Heather Heather says:

    This is a wonderful book about an incredible man of God I loved learning about President Benson his humble farmer s upbringing his devotion to family his sure faith in the Lord his willingness to serve God, country, and fellowmen his love for freedom and the Book of Mormon his great integrity and determination to do what s right and his example of the power of prayer and trust in the Lord It s amazing to see how the Lord directed his life from a small town and loving family in Idaho to This is a wonderful book about an incredible man of God I loved learning about President Benson his humble farmer s upbringing his devotion to family his sure faith in the Lord his willingness to serve God, country, and fellowmen his love for freedom and the Book of Mormon his great integrity and determination to do what s right and his example of the power of prayer and trust in the Lord It s amazing to see how the Lord directed his life from a small town and loving family in Idaho to missionary work across Europe particularly inspiring was his service just after World War II , important government offices and relationships with world leaders, to the Quorum of the Twelve and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the bookI work as hard as I can and do everything within my power And I try to keep the commandments Then I let the Lord make up the difference There in a nutshell, lies the formula to President Benson s life and to his success p viii Tilling the soil was, however, a matter of survival, for the Bensons relied upon their garden of carrots, turnips, and all manner of vegetables and fruits to feed the growing family.Farming is no occupation for a tenderfoot Only a rare breed of man will work his knuckles to the bone while putting his livelihood at the mercy of the elements, and do it year after year p 19 Ezra s responsibilities weren t confined to farming.Sometimes he wondered if his parents didn t expect a little much of him But they had full confidence in my ability to meet almost any situation They helped me have confidence p 20 Those days on the farm when Father was away were a real test for the family But there came into our home a spirit of missionary work that never left it p 32 Town in uproar about Mormons, but thank the Lord I m one p 49 Fear not man Go with head up, we have nothing to be ashamed of The world steps aside for the man that knows where he s going President David O McKay, one of President Benson s mission presidents in England, p 60 Flora never admitted as much, but she seemed to have some premonition of the scope of Ezra s future, and she feared that if they married immediately, he would return to the farm and forfeit other opportunities p 79 There are few things in the world which give a man such courage as the faith of a noble companion Flora hadfaith in me than I had in myself p 80 This man I am marrying is a diamond in the rough, and I am going to do all within my power to help him be known and felt for good, not only in this little community but for the entire world to know him p 89 Most of the roads between Salt Lake City and Ames, Iowa, were rough and often unpaved, which made driving the unpredictable old truck an adventure Too poor to pay for overnight lodging, they spent eight nights en route in a leaky tent But to the newlyweds, the finest hotel might have offered splendor but nojoy, for they were finally together Flora knew that her husband didn t have the wealth of the world, but he had thevaluable wealth of character, industry, health, honesty, and a love of righteousness With plenty of time to reach Ames, they drove as far each day as suited them.Ezra s passion for the land is evident in his comments as he discovered in Iowa the simple checkerboard beatify of cultivated acres that stretched, in some cases, as far as the eye could see p 91 I always wanted to marry a farmer, Flora said, because I knew they had to work hard for what they got p 96 My wife seemed to care little for material wealth, Ezra said Her one ambition was to support me in my efforts to serve my church, my fellowman, and to rear an honorable family p 98 Ezra came to appreciatefully the Prophet Joseph Smith s counsel to the Latter day Saints that men should be taught correct principles and then allowed to govern themselves I had a firm philosophyYou cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves I had to help the people stand on their own feet p 107 While Father George Benson has not left very much, fortunately I feel, in the way of material things, he has certainly left usthan money can buy, and the splendid life of service and integrity which he has lived is the greatest legacy which parents may leave to their children p 114 From the beginning Flora counseled her husband, You may invite anyone to our home that you wish, but when we serve meals the children will be allowed to join us at the table, not tucked away in the kitchen to get leftovers Ezra agreed, and the children learned how to respond with guests present Many visitors complimented Ezra and Flora on their well behaved children p 116 Life cannot be fully successful, no matter what goals we attain in the material world, no matter what honors of men come to us in our lives, if we fail as fathers, mothers, and children p 126 Flora believed that home ought to be the place where children learned, developed, and had fun Home was to be a sanctuary from the world.This was an eternal family unit, they emphasized over and over, and they wanted and expected no vacant chairs in the eternities Even when the children were too young to appreciate the implications, the no vacant chair theme became a part of their family culture p 129 The outlook on life that she and Ezra shared was positive Their affection was open Never did he leave for or return from work without kissing his wife and hugging his children They both believed that it was hard for disharmony to brew if they never let a child leave home without a hug p 132 No detail was too small to take before the Lord Flora s daughter Barbara remembered, If someone else was leading in prayer and Mother didn t want something to be forgotten, she spoke right up and reminded the person to bless so and so She believed the Lord was interested in every little thing that was taking place in our lives p 139 As problems arose he addressed them.In time Ezra s high profile in government circles brought awareness of, and later recognition to, the Church in Washington and elsewhere p 163 Your opportunity to mingle with large groups of non Mormons and people who are influential should be availed of wherever possible You mission from now on is to find ways and means to disseminate the truth and warn the people that you come in contact with in as kind a way as possible that repentance will be the only panacea for the ills of this world President George Albert Smith, p 184 It now fell upon the Council of the Twelve to select, sustain, and ordain a new president of the Church On Monday, May 21, three days after the funeral, Elder Benson went fasting with the other apostles to their council room in the Salt Lake Temple David O McKay and J Reuben Clark, who had served in the First Presidency under President Grant, resumed their positions of seniority, third and ninth respectively, making fourteen apostles in all Ezra sat in the thirteenth chair During the meeting, George Albert Smith was ordained president, and he selected Elders Clark and McKay as first and second counselors, respectively George F Richards was sustained president of the Twelve Elder Benson was impressed with the orderly transition, which was conducted in an atmosphere of harmony He had seen nothing like it in the secular world, where expediency and politics motivated too many individuals p 194 On Monday, January 28, 1946, President Smith set Ezra apart as president of the European Mission, blessing him with safety, energy, and the ability to break down prejudice He promised There is not anything desirable that you will not be able to do with the aid and help of the Lordif you do your full partFlora witnessed the blessing, and President J Reuben Clark, recognizing her sacrifice, praised her when he said, There is none better than you That night Ezra wrote, How true he spoke, for truly in all my acquaintances I have never met acompletely devoted woman with greater faith in the purposes of the Almighty p 198 Some would say of Elder Benson that, with God s help, he accomplished the difficult immediately The impossible took a little longer p 200 Elder Benson was overcome with emotion at the thought of a people ravaged by war presenting him with a gift, and in his journal he wrote, I shall always have sweet memories of this day with the Saints in Copenhagen Never have I witnessed greater devotion to the Work and deeper love for the leaders of the Church p 204 Mr Benson, I have never heard of a Church with such vision General McNarney, p 210 The element of danger, though ever present, seemed to concern Elder Benson only occasionally p 212 There was a struggle with bureaucratic red tape in nearly every country Some governments allowed the missionaries to reenter others would not.In large part, his mission was a constant challenge of diplomacy p 216 The Saints.taught me a deeper appreciation for this intangible thing we refer to as a testimony this thing that provides an anchor for men and women during times of great stress, trial, and hardship.I saw people peacefully happy in their hearts, which standing amidst the ruins all around them I heard people bear testimonies to the goodness of the Lord unto them, although they were the sole remaining member of a once prosperous and happy family.I came to know that men and women who have a testimony of this work can endure anything which they may be called upon to endure and still keep sweet in spirit p 227 The outlook for the world is not encouraging, but we know what the answer is There is only one answer, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ p 228 Elder Benson s desire to protect the Constitution, and to defend, at all cost, individual freedom, fueled his patriotic interests He monitored national developments almost daily and was a keen observer of political climates p 237 I have no political ambitions except as such activities might redound to the good of the work of the Lord and this great nation preserved to permit the Restored Church to become establish and fill its great mission p 237 Elder Benson s love for American burned deep in his soul Rarely did he visit the nation s capital but what the spirit and feeling in that city didn t move him p 251 It will be interesting to see the new secretary manage the U.S Department of Agriculture by principle rather than political expediency Paul Friggens, p 257 Throughout his term, Ezra would staunchly defend the free enterprise system We are a prosperous people because of a free enterprise founded spiritual, not material, values, he said It is founded on freedom of choice an eternal, God given principle The founding fathers, inspired though they were, did not invent the priceless blessing of individual freedom That gift to mankind sprang from the God of Heaven and not from government p 259 I believe in the scriptural injunction to pray oft, he asked his staff when they gathered for their first session if anyone objected to opening their meetings with prayer No one dissented And so began a practice that Ezra perpetuated for eight years He invited each staff member to take turns offering the invocation p 268 Having Flora nearby gave me new confidence.I becamedecisive, surer of myself,willing to tackle the tough challenges p 282 Perhaps another reason Ezra Benson continued to attract media attention was because, after a year of intense fire, he had remained surprisingly calm Observers didn t know what to make of his serenity.With Ezra, peace came in doing what he felt was right and letting the consequences follow As Flora reminded him frequently, Don t worry about the world s opinions of you as long as you re right with the Lord p 292 In an article entitled The Benson Formula for Success, the New York Times Magazine explained the Secretary s inner calm One reason is his religion.He acts like a man whose conscience is always clear his testimony today will be the same next week or the week after or a year from now He doesn t have to remember what he said to an opposition Senator at their last meeting This is a built in ulcer saving device not always found in Washington p 296 I feel it is always good strategy to stand up for the right, even when it is unpopular Perhaps I should say, especially when it is unpopular p 303 Ezra found it natural to talk with the president of the United States about such things as prayer Those who associated daily with Ezra saw how frequently he turned to prayer As he left one morning to fill a potentially explosive appointment in Minnesota, an associate handed him a letter that read in part, As you enter into a very difficult weekend, we want you to know that a lot of us are hoping and praying for you Remember always that many of your friends feel that a great source of your personal strength is that you walk beside God, whereas most of the rest of us only report to Him p 309 Secretary Benson s religious beliefs were widely known, and on some occasions his high profile position gave him opportunities to preach the gospel to secular audiences No other single influence has had so great an impact on this earth as the life of Jesus Christ, he taught We cannot conceive of our lives without Him.True, we live in a critical age Almost every day brings a new crisis.Notwithstanding this, we face aserious, far reaching danger the danger of forgetting the source of our blessings To Secretary Benson, the source of these blessings was Jesus Christ p 338 To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the war in heaven meant eternal damnation How then can Latter day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences p 360 When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men.This is part of the programme, and as long as we do what is right and fear God, he will help us and stand by us under all circumstances President John Taylor, p 364 To deprive an intelligent human being of his free agency is to commit the crime of the ages.So fundamental in man s eternal progress is his inherent right to choose, that the Lord would defend it even at the price of war President David O McKay, p 365 In the war in heaven the devil advocated absolute eternal security at the sacrifice of our freedom Although there is nothingdesirable to a Latter day Saint than eternal security in God s presence yet the very God of heaven, who hasmercy than us all, still decreed no guaranteed security except by a man s own freedom of choice p 366 We are invited out to so many nonmembers socials, dinners, etc I wonder why the Lord selected Dad and me to do this social converting because I know a lot of women would enjoy this type of things better than I do But I throw myself into it with all I ve got, and the Lord has blessed me Flora Benson, p 376 I do not believe the greatest threat to our future is from bombs or guided missiles I do not think our civilization will die that way I think it will die when we no longer care when the spiritual forces that make us wish to be right and noble die in the hearts of men.If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the National Anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers normally good Americans, but Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free.Great nations are never conquered from outside unless they are rotten inside Our greatest national problem today is erosion, not the erosion of the soil but erosion of the national morality p 398 Perhaps no one had deeper respect and love for President Kimball than did Ezra Taft Benson Few saw President Benson on his knees, begging the Lord to preserve Spencer W Kimball, as we did, said Elder Packer No one showeddeference and honor to President Kimball than did President Benson p 431 In Egypt, President Benson was told it would take three weeks to secure the appointments he needed with key government officials That night he knelt in his hotel room to ask the Lord for direction He had consummate faith that the way would be opened Those traveling with him were astonished when he was able to cut through mounds of red tape in a matter of hours and take care of business.Staff members who regularly accompanied President Benson came to realize that there was an abiding spiritual power about him When he determined that something needed to be accomplished, he had complete confidence that the Lord would prepare the way p 433 President Benson was conscientious about his personal missionary efforts He constantly sent Church related materials, particularly copies of the Book of Mormon with his testimony enclosed, and detailed letters containing his testimony to national and international dignitaries p 443 I commend you and your associates for your courageous and wise action in voting down proposed legislation which strikes at the very foundation of the home and family I know that some of you will be under fire.The Founding Fathers were also under fire p 453 The recurring theme in America s history is that God governs in the affairs of this nation p 455 No one sustained President Hinckleyvocally than did President Benson When matters came to the Twelve from the First Presidency, he would say, Brethren, we must be about this now Elder Boyd K Packer, p 465 I bless you with increased understanding of the Book of Mormon I promise you that.if you will daily sup from its pages and abide by its precepts, God will pour out.a blessing hither to unknown p 480 We encourage Latter day Saints throughout the nation to familiarize themselves with the Constitution They should focus attention on it by reading and studying it They should ponder the blessings that come through it They should recommit themselves to its principles and be prepared to defend it and the freedom it provides First Presidency in 1987, p 511 Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lotout of their lives than they can He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal peace p 512 Ezra Taft Benson s motivations have been, throughout his life, directed by purpose, by a higher power At the basis of his loyalties and beliefs is devotion to the most worthy of causes the gospel of Jesus Christ, and all that it contains Such is the life of a remarkable man a prophet, patriarch, and patriot p 513


  9. Ben Ben says:

    I loved this book President Benson was a great man there have been few men like him He is a great example in many ways To start with the ending, I was deeply moved by the account of his ministry as President of the Church His continued strong emphasis on the Book of Mormon has impacted the Church as a whole and me in particular in very positive ways As I read the end I felt very strongly that this man was a prophet of God He was called and prepared for his ministry His life, his work and I loved this book President Benson was a great man there have been few men like him He is a great example in many ways To start with the ending, I was deeply moved by the account of his ministry as President of the Church His continued strong emphasis on the Book of Mormon has impacted the Church as a whole and me in particular in very positive ways As I read the end I felt very strongly that this man was a prophet of God He was called and prepared for his ministry His life, his work and his messages were inspired He had such powerful love for so many people and did so much to serve them He was an exemplary father and husband as well I loved especially the account of his work in Europe immediately after WWII, not only what he accomplished administratively but the spiritual experience that it was ministering to the downtrodden saints in the ruined capitols of Europe He had so many gifts, as an administrator, as a speaker, and as a leader.I loved especially hearing of his public life before and during his service as a member of the 12 Here is an example to emulate in public life His principles were set in stone and he was unafraid to present them to anyone In addition to that he was never mean spirited Though he had many political enemies he always dealt with them politely and respectfully He also did not change according to the political climate Even when his strong views came under attack and became unpopular at times he did not moderate them or fold And as Secretary of Agriculture he produced results His program was always vindicated at the polls come election day Even when Republicans on the whole didn t do well they always did well in agricultural states during President Benson s tenure He ALSO started programs to provide food for needy people overseas Charity and thrift seem to be rarely combined but they clearly were in President Benson.Also, I loved that he opened all of his meetings with prayer and influenced President Eisenhower to do the same for Cabinet meetings Finally, great story there was an employee at the Department of Agriculture who started going to church again based on President Benson s example His name Kenneth Scott Members of the church may have heard of his son Richard G Maybe my favorite story is when President Benson went to the Soviet Union for duties as the Secretary of Agriculture On the way to the airport he stopped at the state approved welllike state barely tolerated protestant church Everyone stepped aside and invited him to speak He testified powerfully that God lives and that the people should still keep having faith and praying Everyone in the room, including all of the press corps, were in tears and some of them wrote of it as one of the most spiritual experiences of their lives In some ways too President Benson s story could not beAmerican He was raised on a farm in relative poverty but by hard work, character and ingenuity he prospered He got an advanced education and used it to benefit farmers all over the United States He was of course also very patriotic He loved America and its heritage with all of his heart He believed strongly in the constitution and in the principles of limited government it contains He always stood for freedom and self reliance in everything that he did and said He was not afraid to say things that were controversial.I loved this book and I love President Ezra Taft Benson


  10. Sidney Sidney says:

    What a man What a life What a prophet So inspirational.


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