Ezra Taft Benson


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    Sarah and George Benson were excited when they learned that Sarah was to have a baby. This would be their first child.

  2. 2.

    When Sarah’s labor started on 4 August 1899, both her mother and George’s mother were there with the doctor to help. Sarah was grateful for their support.

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    It wasn’t an easy delivery. The baby boy weighed more than eleven pounds! He wasn’t breathing when he was born, and the doctor didn’t think that the infant would live.

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    But the grandmothers refused to give up. They each offered a silent prayer. Over and over, they dipped the baby in cold water, then in warm water.

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    Imagine how excited they were when the baby gulped his first breath of air and let out a cry! Their prayers had been answered.

  6. 6.

    The infant was named Ezra Taft Benson, and he grew up to be a great man. When he was eighty-six years old, he became the thirteenth President of the Church.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Paul Mann