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I first really came Face To Face With to face with Benson despite him being prophet the first four years of my life in David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism where he and Elder Lee for that matter is really uite the character The most memorable thing perhaps because it is so shocking in today s ra is is brazen outspokenness against Communism to the point of calling MLK a communist These My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze essaysxplore aspects of both Benson s politics and his religion and there doesn t seem to be a firm line distinguishing the two for Benson a fun This is an Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses excellent and thoroughxamination of the way Ezra Taft Benson s political leanings influenced his leadership in the church I ve long wondered how much of church policy might have
Its Foundations In The John Birch Society foundations in the John Birch Society conservatism of the last century this helped connect a lot of those dots for me As a member of the church he led I still support the idea of modern day prophets but I am aware that God allows his prophets tremendous mortal leeway in how they choose to lead For me to function in this faith it s ssential for me to try to good naturedly seek out what so This period of Mormon history isn t my favorite but seek out what so This period of Mormon history isn t my favorite but m Ezra Taft Benson's ultra conservative vision made him one of the most polarizing leaders in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints His willingness to mix religion with xtreme right wing politics troubled many Yet his fierce defense of the traditional family unabashed love of country and deep knowledge of the faith ndeared him to millions In Thunder from. ,
2 about the ra and statements actions a commentary of Elder Benson that were just plain inappropriate In some regards I am amazed at the patience of the Brethren with Elder Benson and specially his repeat offender status after being privately and sometimes publicly chastised It is nothing short
of mbarrassing that Elder Benson was supportive and affiliated with such racists as Storm Thurmond George Wallaceembarrassing Elder Benson was supportive and affiliated with such racists as Storm Thurmond and George Wallace wonder how it would have set the church back if Pres McKay had been persuaded to allow Elder Benson to be the running mate of Wallace I was in law school when Pres Kimball died and recall the concern of the faculty The Baby Album even at BYU and many of my fellow students as we speculated at the direction Pres Benson would take the Church The finalssay was a fitting capstone to the book and the life of Pres Benson As the mantle of the prophet feel upon him the firebrand of the past was gone fears dissipated and he moved the church toward greater compassion and humility A fitting capstone to a sometimes controversial ministry I very much njoyed the book I give the book 4 stars only because there was a great deal of overlap and repeated information that could have been skipped. Front; how his concept of the principal of free agency became central to Mormon theology; his advocacy of traditional gender roles as a counterbalance to liberalism; and the vents and implications of Benson's term as Church president Contributors Gary James Bergera Matthew Bowman Newell G Bringhurst Brian Cannon Robert A Goldberg Matthew L Harris J B Haws and Andrea G Radke Mos. Onetheless glad I read this book its Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., eight short chapters are filled with historical insights and fascinating nuggets of information about the man I most associate with the church I knew when I was a teenager and young adult I have no respect for the paranoid arch conservative lens through which Benson viewed the world but in connecting the observations of a few of these chapters together particularly Brian Cannon s history of Benson sngagement with farming and agriculture policy as a member of President Eisenhower s cabinet and Matt Bowman s xploration of how Benson s notion of free agency become ideological and individualistic over the decades I feel like I understand his peculiar very patriarchal Christian libertarianism better So a good book overall
Few members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter daymembers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day today have the recollection of the political activities of Elder Benson I was aware of much of this because my father was active in Democratic politics and friends with several of the Brethren who were Democrats The angst among many members and fellow members of the 12 was real and justified I have had conversations with several GAs including members of the The Right a group of veteran Mormon scholars probe aspects of Benson's xtraordinary life Topics include how Benson's views influenced his actions as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration; his dedication to the conservative movement from alliances with Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society to his condemnation of the civil rights movement as a communist.