Ezra Taft Benson, 1901, October 10

-- 1901, October 10
President Lorenzo Snow d. Salt Lake City, age 87. (1)

-- 1901, October 17
Joseph F. Smith became President of Church. (1)

-- 1907
Ezra Taft Benson was reared on the family farm in Whitney, driving a team of horses at the age of five, milking cows, and thinning sugar beets. He entered grade school at the age of eight. "Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep" was the counsel that governed his reading habits (Dew, p. 24). In addition to the scriptures, he read Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress; biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln, and success stories by Horatio Alger. His grandparents gave him a two-volume set by Orison S. Marden, Little Visits with Great Americans (1905), which he devoured. (2)

-- Aug 04, 1907
Ezra Taft Benson is baptized in the Logan River canal. (He is eight years old.)

-- 1911
Church adopted Boy Scout program. (1)

-- 1912
Increased responsibility was thrust on him as a youth when his father was called as a missionary to the Northern States Mission, leaving behind his wife and seven children; the eighth was born while he was in the mission field. A spirit of missionary work enveloped the home, and all eleven children eventually served at least one full-time mission. (2)

1 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History, http://amzn.to/eG0DIp
2 - "Ezra Taft Benson," Encyclopedia of Mormonism, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, by Reed Benson and Sheri Dew. New York: Macmillan, 1992

LDS History Chronology: Ezra Taft Benson

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