Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography

Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography

”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 courage. A man who has remained true to the principles in which he deeply believes. A man who has responded to assignments within the 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 Dew

This is the story of Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

It is the 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 more faith in him than he had in himself. He is a family man, the father of six and the eldest of eleven brothers and sisters.

This 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 addresses.

It 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 pressures.

Ezra 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 Europe.

When he came to the office of president of the Church in November 1985, he had known more 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 Twelve.

The 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.

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  • Kimber

    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 r...

  • Kristin

    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 connecte...

  • Brent

    My neighbor across the street---a good Catholic---had been introduced to Ezra Taft Benson and said he was more impressed with him than anyone else he had met. A Mormon friend loaned him this book. My ...

  • Ken Lawrence

    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 educa...

  • Mommywest

    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 al...

  • Allison

    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 coul...

  • Jeff Anderson

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

  • Heather

    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...

  • Ben

    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 a...

  • Sidney

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