April is General Conference month. For two days, in four general sessions and one priesthood session, members of the Church will receive inspired guidance for daily living from the General Authorities. Presiding at the conference sessions will be President Ezra Taft Benson, the Lord’s prophet. This year President Benson will have been president of the Church for five years. He was ordained and set apart in 1985 at the death of President Spencer W. Kimball.
Now ninety years old, President Benson is not as physically active as he would like to be, but still he fulfills his Church responsibilities. He meets every day with his counselors and other General Authorities, presides at the regular meetings of the Brethren, and attends the temple each week with Sister Benson.
But work has been an essential part of President Benson’s life. He was four-years old when he began helping to operate his family’s farm in Idaho. At fourteen, when his father was called away from the family to serve a three-year mission, young Ezra assumed increased responsibility. Since then his life has been one of work and service to family, Church, community, and country.
Here are scenes from President Benson’s busy life—a continuing example of devotion and service.