Quotes on Benson Ezra Taft

[In Memorium: Ezra Taft Benson, 1899-1994.  Ensign, July 1994]

Throughout his ministry, President Benson sought to convince the Saints that they should use the Book of Mormon to answer questions about the Church and that this book could bless their lives as no other book could.  “There is a power in the book [Book of Mormon] which will begin to flow into your lives the minute you begin a serious study of the book.  You will find greater power to resist temptation.  You will find the power to avoid deception.  You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path” (Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 7). — “President Ezra Taft Benson: A Sure Voice of Faith,” Ensign, July 1994, p. 11

“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.  He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace” (First Presidency Christmas devotional, 7 Dec. 1986). — “President Ezra Taft Benson: A Sure Voice of Faith,” Ensign, July 1994, p. 19

“I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died” (Ensign, May 1987, p. 85).  Even while he was President, he and his wife attended an endowment session almost every Friday morning at the Jordan River Temple.  During his presidency, nine new temples were dedicated, and ten more were announced.  — “President Ezra Taft Benson: A Sure Voice of Faith,” Ensign, July 1994, p. 10

Watchmen – what of the night?  We must respond by saying that all is not well in Zion.  As Moroni counseled, we must cleanse the inner vessel (see Alma 60:23), beginning first with ourselves, then with our families, and finally with the Church. . . .

It takes a Zion people to make a Zion society, and we must prepare for that.

The Book of Mormon has not been, nor is it yet, the center of our personal study, family teaching, preaching, and missionary work.  Of this we must repent.  (Ensign, May 1986, pp. 4-6.)

In the opening session of this conference we talked about cleansing the inner vessel.  And so we must.

The Lord inspired His servant Lorenzo Snow to reemphasize the principle of tithing to redeem the Church from financial bondage.  In those days the General Authorities took that message to the members of the Church.

Now, in our day, the Lord has revealed the need to reemphasize the Book of Mormon to get the Church and all the children of Zion out from under condemnation – the scourge and judgment.  (See D&C 84:54-58.)  This message must be carried to the members of the Church throughout the world. . . .

Now, in the authority of the sacred priesthood in me vested, I invoke my blessing upon the Latter-day Saints and upon good people everywhere.

I bless you with increased discernment to judge between Christ and anti-Christ.  I bless you with increased power to do good and to resist evil.  I bless you with increased understanding of the Book of Mormon.  I promise you that from this moment forward, if we will daily sup from its pages and abide by its precepts, God will pour out upon each child of Zion and the Church a blessing hitherto unknown – and we will plead to the Lord that He will begin to lift the condemnation – the scourge and judgment.  Of this I bear solemn witness. — President Ezra Taft Benson, “Cleansing the Inner Vessel,” Ensign, May 1986, pp. 4-6, 78

My beloved Saints, I am now entering my ninetieth year.  I am getting older and less vigorous and am so grateful for your prayers and for the support of my younger Brethren.  I thank the Lord for renewing my body from time to time so that I can still help build His kingdom.

I do not know fully why God has preserved my life to this age, but I do know this:  That for the present hour He has revealed to me the absolute need for us to move the Book of Mormon forward now in a marvelous manner.  You must help with this burden and with this blessing which He has placed on the whole Church, even all the children of Zion.

Moses never entered the promised land.  Joseph Smith never saw Zion redeemed.  Some of us may not live long enough to see the day when the Book of Mormon floods the earth and when the Lord lifts His condemnation.  But, God willing, I intend to spend all my remaining days in that glorious effort. — President Ezra Taft Benson, “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, p. 6