secretary to more than two million farmers, he became acquainted with
the nation's political leaders, and he also served as president of the
Mormon Church's Washington, D.C., stake.
traveling in Utah with his two sons in 1943, he was summoned to the
office of President Heber J. Grant of the Mormon Church, who called
him to the church's Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He was forty-four years
old. Sustained at the October 1943 general conference, he and his large
family moved to Salt Lake City to be near the headquarters of the church.
the end of World War II hostilities in 1945, Benson was sent by LDS
Church President George Albert Smith to Europe where he spent eight
busy months coordinating relief and recovery efforts among Mormons in
Europe. This experience intensified his dislike of tyranny, cruelty,