History of Ezra Taft Benson, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)

As 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.

While 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.

Following 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, and injustice.

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