Ezra Taft Benson was born in Whitney, Idaho, to George T. and Sarah Dunkley Benson.
Ezra followed his father's example of dedicated service and served a mission in Great Britain.
Ezra married Flora Smith Amussen in the Salt Lake Temple.
During the 1930s, Ezra Taft Benson became an influential farming leader in addition to helping raise a large family and serving twice as a stake president.
Ezra Taft Benson was ordained an Apostle at age 44.
Elder Benson traveled throughout a devastated Europe after WWII, organizing the Church's relief efforts.
Elder Benson served in U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower's cabinet as secretary of agriculture.
Ezra Taft Benson became President of the Church at age 86. He served for more than eight years (1985–1994).
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. . . . The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
“I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. . . . I testify that the God of heaven selected and sent some of his choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government as a prologue to the restoration of the gospel and the second coming of our Savior.”
“The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon . . . God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way. We have the Book of Mormon, we have the members, we have the missionaries, we have the resources, and the world has the need. The time is now!”
“Pride is the universal sin, the great vice. The antidote for pride is humility—meekness, submissiveness. It is the broken heart and contrite spirit. . . . God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. . . . Let us choose to be humble. We can do it. I know we can.”
“I testify to you that a fulness of joy can only come through the atonement of Jesus Christ and by obedience to all of the laws and ordinances of the gospel, which are found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ”
“I testify that the church and kingdom of God is increasing in strength. Its numbers are growing, as is the faithfulness of its faithful members. It has never been better organized or equipped to perform its divine mission.”
“Ezra Taft Benson: Thirteenth President of the Church,” Presidents of the Church Student Manual, (2013), 216–36.
Ezra Taft Benson, “Beware of Pride,” Ensign, May 1989, 4–7.
Ezra Taft Benson, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Ensign, May 1986, 4–7.
Ezra Taft Benson, “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 4–6.