Men and Women of Faith Lecture: President Ezra Taft Benson by Sheri Dew
- November 13, 2014
- Streamed live from Assembly Hall on Temple Square
- Sheri Dew has authored a best-selling biography on President Benson.
- The lecture will be streamed live on the Church History Facebook Page and archived on history.lds.org.
“My experience with President Benson personally revealed a much different person than the stern, unbending image many projected of him. He was kind, thoughtful, and compassionate in so many ways.” —Sheri Dew, best-selling LDS author and CEO of Deseret Book Company
Sheri L. Dew, CEO of Deseret Book Company and a former member of the Relief Society general presidency, will speak on “Serving Church and Country: President Ezra Taft Benson” for the November Men and Women of Faith lecture hosted by the Church History Library.
The live event, which is free and open to the public, is Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall. It will be the first faith lecture streamed live on the Church History Library Facebook page: facebook.com/churchhistorylibrary. Recorded lectures are archived on history.lds.org.
President Ezra Taft Benson faithfully served God, country, and the Church and in all settings was an advocate for freedom. Ten years after being ordained an Apostle, he served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. In 1985, he became President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He testified with fervor of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the evils of pride, and the threefold mission of the Church.
The preparation of a prophet is a miracle in action. Sister Dew will discuss key events in the life of President Benson that prepared him for the challenges and opportunities he would experience later. The implications of this process are far-reaching in both assessing a prophet’s life and considering his impact upon the Church. Sister Dew will share stories illustrating President Benson’s love of family and conviction to principles that guided his ministry, such as loyalty to truth, devotion to freedom, abiding faith, and lifelong service.
“My experience with President Benson personally revealed a much different person than the stern, unbending image many projected of him,” says Sister Dew. “He was kind, thoughtful, and compassionate in so many ways. His strong statements about freedom perhaps at times obscured the greatness of the inner man.”
Sheri L. Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and graduated from Brigham Young University. She served as second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency from 1997 to 2002. Since then, she has served as the chief executive officer of Deseret Book Company. She was recently named the executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation. Sister Dew is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry and has authored a number of best-selling books, including the biographies of two Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Ezra Taft Benson.
”Serving God and Country: President Ezra Taft Benson” is part of the 2014 Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple. Parking is available at the Conference Center. As you enter the parking facility, inform the attendant that you are going to a lecture and ask for a token to use when you exit.
For more information, please go to history.lds.org or call 1-801-240-2272.
Sheri Dew will speak at the Assembly Hall on Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be streamed live on the Church History Library Facebook page.