From Latter-day Prophets: Ezra Taft Benson

“From Latter-day Prophets: Ezra Taft Benson,” Friend, May 2001, inside front cover

From Latter-day Prophets:
Ezra Taft Benson

Hold to His promises, Heeding the prophets: …
In this there is safety and peace.
(Children’s Songbook, pages 146–47.)

Ezra Taft Benson

During the April 1986 General Conference, in a talk to the young men of the Church, President Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth President of the Church, promised blessings to youth who help keep their families close and who study the Book of Mormon. By following President Benson’s counsel, we will be blessed with more faith and strength, and we will feel even closer to Heavenly Father. (Photo of President Benson by Jed Clark.)

With all my heart I love the youth of the Church … , and their well-being and happiness are among my greatest concerns. …

The family unit is forever, and you should do everything in your power to strengthen that unit. In your own family, encourage family home evenings and be an active participant. Encourage family prayer and be on your knees with your family in that sacred circle. Do your part to develop real family unity and solidarity. …

Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers and sisters and with your father and mother. Love your family. Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters.

Remember, the family is one of God’s greatest fortresses against the evils of our day. Help keep your family strong and close and worthy of our Father in Heaven’s blessings. As you do, you will receive faith and strength which will bless your lives forever.

Next, … participate in a program of daily reading and pondering of the scriptures. …

Of the four great standard works of the Church … I would particularly urge you to read again and again the Book of Mormon and ponder and apply its teachings. The Book of Mormon was referred to by the Prophet Joseph Smith as “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion” (History of the Church, vol. 4, page 461).

Young [people], the Book of Mormon will change your life. It will fortify you against the evils of our day. It will bring a spirituality into your life that no other book will. It will be the most important book you will read in preparation for a mission and for life.

(Ensign, May 1986, page 43.)

Family photo by Steve Bunderson