Ezra Taft Benson

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Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church

Born on August 4, 1899, in Whitney, Idaho, Ezra Taft Benson learned early the principle of hard work on the family farm. He served a mission to Great Britain and after his return was married to his sweetheart, Flora Amussen, in 1926. He received his education in agriculture and went on to hold many important positions within the industry. He was called to be an Apostle after having been president of two stakes. From 1953 to 1961, he served as Secretary of Agriculture in the cabinet of U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower. On November 10, 1985, he became President of the Church. Having a resolute testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon, he emphasized the importance of it in daily scripture study, missionary efforts, and gospel teaching. His love of freedom, home, and family were also evident in his addresses and counsel to Church members. Despite his failing health, the Church continued to grow under his administration, temples were dedicated, and missionary work expanded around the world, particularly in eastern Europe. He died in Salt Lake City on May 30, 1994, at the age of 94.

Ezra Taft Benson Videos

Testimony of Ezra Taft Benson
President Benson testifies of Christ, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and the restored gospel, then blesses the membership of the Church. (1:33)
Preparation of Ezra Taft Benson: A Missionary’s Prayer
Surrounded by a rough crowd in England, young missionary Elder Ezra Taft Benson prays for deliverance. See what happens next. (1:25)
Preparation of Ezra Taft Benson: The Example of a Devoted Father
Ezra Taft Benson is prepared to become a servant of the Lord by learning the skills of farming and the responsibilities of labor at the feet of his father. (1:28)
Preparation of Ezra Taft Benson: His Father’s Mission
Through the missionary letters sent home from his father, Ezra Taft Benson feels the spirit of mission work and gains a testimony thereof. (1:02)
Ministry of Ezra Taft Benson: A Mission President in Europe
Shortly after World War II, Ezra Taft Benson is called as a mission president to oversee the affairs of the Church in war-torn Europe. (1:45)
Ministry of Ezra Taft Benson: The Book of Mormon to Flood the Earth
President Ezra Taft Benson pleads with the members of the Church to spread the Book of Mormon across the globe. Experience the spirit of his message. (2:06)
Ministry of Ezra Taft Benson: A Latter-day Saint in Washington, D.C.
Ezra Taft Benson is appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President Dwight Eisenhower. See how he handled the pressure of politics. (2:14)
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson: Pride
President Ezra Taft Benson warns against the sin of pride. Watch as President Hinckley delivers this famous talk at general conference in 1989. (2:07)
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson: The Book of Mormon Teaches of Christ
President Benson testifies of the influence of the Book of Mormon in bringing the children of men unto Christ. Learn about Christ in the Book of Mormon. (1:20)
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson: Patriotism and Love of Country
Ezra Taft Benson receives the U.S. Presidential Citizens medal from President George H. W. Bush, recognizing outstanding service to country. (1:29)

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