President Ezra Taft Benson, Patriot and Prophet
|President Benson in 2015
||Biography and Teachings
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Ezra Taft Benson: Thirteenth President of the Church
A long article with many great pictures.
Presidents of the Church Institute Manual
Men and Women of Faith series,
Church History Library, 2014
1 hr video and media exhibit
Ezra Taft Benson A Biography by Sheri Dew, 1987
After watching the above lecture we can appreciate the magnificent opportunity and the monumental challenge Sister Dew faced in compiling this 500+ page biography. Available from Deseret Book in print and ebook
A Son's Loving Tribute, Reed A. Benson
President Ezra Taft Benson, who was very supportive of homeschooling, passed on in 1994, on Memorial Day. Our LDS-HEA Conference was that Friday, and the funeral was on Saturday. At that time General Authorities conducted the funerals of prophets, so our group of several hundred eager and faithful homeschoolers was the blessed recipients of Reed Benson's tribute to his father.
LDS-HEA Homeschool Conference audio, 1994
Reed Benson Dissertation, 1981
European Mission WWII
A Labor of Love: The 1946 European Mission of Ezra Taft Benson, 1989.
Taken from the journals and correspondence of Ezra and Flora Benson.
Available from Deseret Book, print or ebook.
On Wings of Faith: My Daily Walk with A Prophet, Frederick Babbel
Brother Babbel was President Benson's companion on the European Mission
Not available from Deseret Book;
Available from Cedar Fort Publishing
That We Might Be One: The Story of The Dutch Potato Project
A very moving video about Mission President Zappey's project to heal his Saints after the German occupation. President Benson had worked with President Zappey of Holland during his 1946 mission. You will understand the video better if you scroll down to the quote from Brother Babbel's book.
12 min video.
Secretary of Agriculture
Cross Fire: Eight Years with Eisenhower This book is written from ten volumes of journal records kept by Secretary of Agericulture Ezra Taft Benson who served while he was an Apostle. He kept so many volumes because, he wrote in his Forward, "I believe the more the people know about what goes on in government the better. The people need to know more about what their leaders are like, what motivates them, how decisions are made, the kind of infighting that takes place as political forces and figures struggle to pass or defeat legislative programs and in so doing mold the future of this republic."
Six hundred pages of fascinating reading, especially the parts about Khrushchev. Amazon new or used, about $40;
Barnes & Noble new, about $40.
Archive.org, free text here and here.
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson
We should all read this manual, even those who don't attend the Sunday classes, and then Americans should go on to read his teachings on government.
Relief Society/Priesthood Manual
The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 1988 "President Benson personally reviewed the entire manuscript, as did his counselors in the First Presidency." There are 700 pages of quotes, many of which will surprise you.
Available as an ebook at Deseret Book, available used at Amazon.
Here are a few of President Benson's talks about the Constitution, our responsibilities, and the dangers he saw then -- which are far more dangerous today.
Righteousness Exalteth a Nation, GC Apr 1963
The Constitution - A Glorious Standard, GC Apr 1976
The Constitution A Heavenly Banner, BYU, Sept 1986, to open the Bicentennial year of the signing of the Constitution.
A letter dated January 15, 1987, "to be read in sacrament meeting," signed by Ezra Taft Benson, Gordon B. Hinckley, and Thomas S. Monson, encouraged members to participate in church sponsored Bicentennial Celebration activities and to "familiarize themselves with the Constitution" and "recommit themselves to its principles and be prepared to defend it and the freedom it provides (D&C 109:54)."
Our Divine Constitution, GC Oct 1987
The Constitution: A Glorious Standard, Ensign Sep 1987
The LDS Church and Politics, Dec 1952. Includes Apostle Benson's story of his interview with Eisenhower.
There are more of President Benson's BYU Devotionals on this BYU Speeches page.
Elder Fred Babbel, On Wings of Faith
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