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Ezra Taft Benson, Served 1985–1994
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“I have a vision of the whole Church getting nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon.”
( Conference Report, Oct. 1988, 5.)

“The Book of Mormon is the 'keystone' of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the capstone, with continuing latter day revelation. The Lord has placed His stamp of approval on both the keystone and the capstone.”
( “The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants, ” Ensign, May 1987, 83.)

“Now we not only need to say more about the Book of Mormon, but we need to do more with it.”
( “Cleansing the Inner Vessel, ” Ensign, May 1986, 5.)

“The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon for the many reasons which the Lord has given. In this age of electronic media and mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.”
( “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, ” Ensign, November 1988, 4–5.)

“The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.”
( “The Great Commandment-Love the Lord, ” Ensign, May 1988, 4.)

“My beloved brethren and sisters, as we cleanse the inner vessel, there will have to be changes made in our own personal lives, in our families, and in the Church. The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change. But we can do it.”
( “Cleansing the Inner Vessel, ” Ensign, May 1986, 7.)

“Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves.”
( “Beware of Pride, ” Ensign, May 1989, 5.)

“We have a sacred responsibility to fulfill the threefold mission of the Church—first, to teach the gospel to the world; second, to strengthen the membership of the Church wherever they may be; third, to move forward the work of salvation for the dead.”
( “A Sacred Responsibility, ” Ensign, May 1986, 77.)