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Ezra Taft Benson

Information regarding President Ezra Taft Benson

  • Apostle number: 70
  • Quorum of the Twelve number: 63
  • Date of birth: August 4, 1899
  • Place of birth:  Whitney, Franklin County, Idaho
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  October 7, 1943
  • Age when ordained apostle:  44 years 2 months
  • End of apostolic service:  May 30, 1994
  • Total apostolic years:  50 years 7 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  October 7, 1943
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  42 years 1 months
  • Date called as President of the Church: November 10, 1985
  • Age when called as President:  86 years 3 months
  • Tenure as President of the Church:  8 years 6 months
  • Date of death:  May 30, 1994
  • Age at death:  94 years 9 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  President Benson was the great-grandson of Ezra T. Benson.  He served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1953 to 1961, serving under President Eisenhower.  He was well-known for his continual effort to proclaim the need for and truth of the Book of Mormon.  He encouraged all church members to “flood the earth” with this marvelous book.
  • Inspirational quotes:  “Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.”  “Men work from the outside in; the Lord works from the inside out.”

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