R from the weak stuff f Deseret Book biographies This is an excellent and thorough examination Porter Rockwell: A Biography of the way Ezra Taft Benson s political leanings influenced his leadership in the church I ve long wondered how muchf "Church Policy Might Have Its Foundations In "policy might have its foundations in John Birch Society style conservatism Satire of the last century this helped connect a lotf those dots for me As a member Deflower the Boss of the church he led I still support the ideaf modern day prophets but I am aware that God allows his prophets tremendous *mortal leeway in how they choose to lead For me to function in *leeway in how they choose to lead For me to function in faith it s essential for me to try to good naturedly seek Hebrew magic amulets out what sources and ideas have influenced these leaders My review might make some membersf the church hesitant to read this but it s written with academic bjectivity not an anti prophet agenda I found it incredibly useful This period f Mormon history isn t my favorite but I m nonetheless glad I read this book its eight short chapters are filled with historical insights and fascinating nuggets Being There of information about the man I most associate with the church I knew when I was a teenager and young adult I have no respect for the paranoid arch conservative lens through which Benson viewed the world but in connecting thebservations هذه بلادنا: الجواء of a fewf these chapters together particularly Brian Cannon s history Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom of Benson s engagement with farming and agriculture policy as a memberf President Eisenhower s cabinet and Matt Bowman s exploration f how Benson s notion f free agency become ideological and individualistic ver the decades I feel like I understand his peculiar very patriarchal Christian libertariani. The Right a group f veteran Mormon scholars probe aspects Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith of Benson's extraordinary life Topics include how Benson's views influenced his actions as Secretaryf Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration; his dedication to the conservative movement from alliances with Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society to his condemnation f the civil rights movement as a communist. ,
I first really came face to face with Elder Benson despite him being prophet the first four years f my life in David O McKay and the Rise f Modern Mormonism where he and Elder Lee for that matter is really uite the character The most memorable thing perhaps because it is so shocking in today s era is is brazen utspokenness against Communism to the point f calling MLK a communist These essays explore aspects f both Benson s politics and his religion and there doesn t seem to be a firm line distinguishing the two for a fun uote from the "BOOK BENSON SAW THEM BOTH AS "Benson them both as same ball The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD of waxThe essays don t paint a very sympathetic picturef
ELDER BENSON BUT THEN ELDER BENSONBenson but then Elder Benson days before being called as prophet seem an era I would rather forget Benson held and voiced strong pinions which he believed were immutable gospel truth and did not hesitate to condemn what he believed were doctrines f Satan even if doing so meant alienating ther Church members The spirit f Benson seems to live n though in the form f DezNat Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse on Twitter That s the impression I got at least from what I readf him uotes like There is no conspiracy theory in the Book Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations of Mormon it is a conspiracy fact and I feel no compunction to make the Church popular with liberals Socialistsr Communists leave than a bad taste in my mouth because I don t think this is the way Christ asks us to preach his gospel The gospel is meant to be strong and firm and it can stand n its wnPerhaps these essays are what we need a little self reflection into how Latter Day Saints represent the gospel Things shouldn t be painted rosy and this is definitely a re freshe. Ezra Taft Benson's ultra conservative vision made him ne f the most polarizing leaders in the history The Stringbean Murders of the Churchf Jesus Christ أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of Latter day Saints His willingness to mix religion with extreme right wing politics troubled many Yet his fierce defensef the traditional family unabashed love Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, of country and deep knowledgef the faith endeared him to millions In Thunder from. .
read & download ¹ eBook r Kindle ePUB ´ Matthew L. HarrisSm better So a good book verall Few members f the "Church f Jesus Christ Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders of Latter day Saints today have the recollectionf the political activities f Elder Benson I was "of Jesus Christ f Latter day Saints today have the recollection Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing of the political activitiesf Elder Benson I was Blood Love of muchf this because my father was active in Democratic politics and friends with several f the Brethren who were Democrats The angst among many members and fellow members f the 12 was real and justified I have had conversations with several GAs including members f the 12 about the era and statements actions a commentary f Elder Benson that were just plain inappropriate In some regards I am amazed at the patience f the Brethren with Elder Benson and especially his
offender status being privately and sometimes publicly chastised It is nothing short f embarrassing that Elder Benson was supportive and affiliated with such racists as Storm Thurmond and George Wallace I wonder how it would have set the church back if Pres McKay had been persuaded to allow Elder Benson to be the running mate f Wallace I was in law school when Pres Kimball diedrepeat ffender status
And Recall The Concernrecall the concern the faculty even at BYU and many f my fellow students as we speculated at the direction Pres Benson would take the Church The final essay was a fitting capstone to the book and the life f Pres Benson As the mantle DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting of the prophet feel upon him the firebrandf the past was gone fears dissipated and he moved the church toward greater compassion and humility A fitting capstone to a sometimes controversial ministry I very much enjoyed the book I give the book 4 stars nly because there was a great deal f verlap and repeated information that could have been skipped. Front; how his concept f the principal f free agency became central to Mormon theology; his advocacy f traditional gender roles as a counterbalance to liberalism; and the events and implications f Benson's term as Church president Contributors Gary James Bergera Matthew Bowman Newell G Bringhurst Brian Cannon Robert A Goldberg Matthew L Harris J B Haws and Andrea G Radke Mos. ,