Ezra Taft Benson

“Ezra Taft Benson,” Friend, Dec. 1993, 31

Ezra Taft Benson

Latter-day Prophets (puzzle-coloring page)

Instructions: Cut out the puzzle squares, put them together to create a picture of this prophet, and read some of the highlights of his life. Glue the picture, its title, and the highlights to another piece of paper, and color it.

Ezra Taft Benson puzzle

Art from Presidents of the Church coloring book: courtesy of Grandin Book, Orem, Utah

  • 1899 August 4, is born in Whitney, Idaho

  • 1912–13 (age 12–13) Runs the farm while his father serves a mission

  • 1918 (age 18) graduates from Oneida Stake Academy in Preston, Idaho

  • 1921–23 (age 22–24) Serves a mission to Great Britain

  • 1926 (age 27) Graduates from Brigham Young University; marries Flora Smith Amussen

  • 1927 (age 28) Receives a master’s degree from Iowa State College; over the years receives eleven honorary degrees from American universities

  • 1938–39 (age 39) Serves as president of the Boise Idaho Stake

  • 1940 (age 40) Is called to be the president of the Washington D.C. Stake

  • 1943 (age 43) Is called to be an Apostle

  • 1946 (age 46) Is set apart as president of the European Mission; distributes needed supplies to European Saints after World War II

  • 1953–61 (age 53–61) Serves as United States Secretary of Agriculture in President Eisenhower’s Cabinet

  • 1963–68 (age 64–69) Serves as president of the European Mission

  • 1968–71 (age 69–72) Supervises missionary work in Asia

  • 1973 (age 74) Becomes president of the Quorum of the Twelve

  • 1985 (age 86) Is sustained as President of the Church

  • 1986 (age 87) Dedicates the Denver Colorado Temple

  • 1987 (age 88) Dedicates the Frankfurt Germany Temple

  • 1989 (age 90) Is awarded the United States Presidential Citizens Medal