Ezra Taft Benson
Benson, Ezra T. (Taft) (1811–1869), was born in Mendon, Massachusetts on 22 Feb. 1811. He was the son of John Benson and Chloe Taft. Ezra was baptized in Quincy, Illinois in 1840. He served in the Quorum of the Twelve with Wilford Woodruff until his death in Ogden, Weber County, Utah in 1869.
Excerpt:June 20, 1846 ~ Saturday 20th I had a regular over halling of my loads and repacking I left a number of chests and trunks barrels &c Mother Woodruff handed me a regular lengthy epistle of complaint written in a book of 30 pages against several persons there treatment to her &c and come to examin it it was like a tempest in a tea pot or a bubble not worthy of notice. The more I have provided for her of late the more she has complained she has manifested ...
Excerpt:teams, waggons, flocks, & heards by hunderds & thousands as it were untill it looked like the movements of a great Nation we travled 10 miles & camped at a point of timber on the edge of an 18 mile prairie & camped Mrs Woodruff was quite unwell through the day but better at night July 1, 1846 ~ Wednesday July 1st After travling a few miles we recieved a visit from Elder P. P. Pratt wh[o] was direct from council Bluffs and had a message ...Dates:January 7, 1846 February 7, 1846 March 7, 1846
Excerpt:who had been nominated to fill the place and wear the crown of John E Page they wished me to return to the Bluffs with them so I saddled my horse & started and had an inter- esting time once more with Br Parley and to add to the interest of the days ride we passed through the main village of the Potawattame Indians the first time I ever passed through a large village of indians in my life. After viewing the village & ...Dates:April 7, 1846
Excerpt:with them again for one or two years yes wives & children were left in this way to the mercy of God and the brethren and went away with cheerful hearts believing that they were doing the will of God and while casting my eyes upon them I considerd I was viewing the first battalion of the army of Israel engaged in the United States service for one year and going to lay the foundation of a far greater work even preparing the way for the building of Zion. ...Dates:July 17, 1846
Excerpt:I also met in council in the evening with the Twelve High Council and Bishop and Herd the report of the Bishops of each ward and other business attended to. The following is a true report of the Camp of Israel in this city called winter quarters on this 20th Day of Dec Total number of souls 3483 Yokes of oxen 388 1/2 Sick persons 334 cows 463 well men 502 Policemen 19 sick men 117 women whose husbands are in the armey 53 Absent men 138 Widows 75 Days tithing 84 1/2 Cords of wood drawn ...Dates:December 21, 1846 December 22, 1846 December 23, 1846
Excerpt:I met in council with the Twelve on the eve of the 22d Among other things President Young spoke upon some Principles one was concerning love beteen man and wife Male and female as it would be in the morning of the resur- rection that in this life much called love was more the effect of passion than principle but in the resurrection the love to the man would be according to his exhaltation and glory December 24, 1846 ~ Thursday 24th I was quite unwell this day I spent the ...Dates:December 24, 1846 December 25, 1846 December 26, 1846 December 27, 1846 December 28, 1846