In The Company of Prophets; Personal Experiences of D. Arthur Haycock with Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball, and Ezra Taft Benson; By Heidi S. Swinton

In The Company of Prophets; Personal Experiences of D. Arthur Haycock with Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball, and Ezra Taft Benson; By Heidi S. Swinton

(unreferrenced words are those of Arthur)

-“I’ve had more tutoring and training from the real masters of life than anybody who ever went to college”

-what made the prophets sad made Arthur sad, them happy, he happy. He wasn’t responsible for all they were but he tried to help them all he could and felt it his duty when assigned as he often was to help these men.

-“If you don’t have the brethren’s total confidence, if they can’t talk about anything or anyone, any situation or circumstance with you sitting there, it doesn’t work.”

-“It is invariably the case, that when an individual is ordained and appointed to lead the people, he has passed through tribulations and trials, and has proven himself before God, and before His people, that he is worthy of the situation which he holds.” (Elder Orson Hyde, Journal of Discourses 1:123)

-“Don’t take yourself too seriously” (President J. Reuben Clark)

-“they don’t make hasty deceptions…they make haste very slowly and very deliberately and very prayerfully. They are righteous and sensitive.”

-President Kimball wore holes in his shoes, “worn out in the service of the Lord” he would say.

-When President Kimball would get tired, he would lay down on his desk or the floor. “Lengthen your stride” he would say.

-no one in their right minds would ever ask for these jobs, it goes beyond the nice red chairs at conference.

-people know little of the demands make on leaders and their families

-“The General Authorities spend every ounce of energy, strength, and talent with which the Lord has blessed them to uplift the members and good people everywhere. That is their special assignment.”

-he had little education or contacts, but tried and hence succeeded in his hearts desire.

-from them I learned life is a testing ground to make us strong and effective.

-“I’ve found in this world, if you don’t look out for yourself, no one else will.” (Elder Harold B. Lee to Arthur)

George Albert Smith:

-“Unlike most other westward-bound emigrants of the time, these pioneers (LDS settling in Zion) came not for wealth, but to create homes where they could worship God unmolested….Bound by recognized ties of brotherhood and guided by Christian ideas, which were part of their very fiber, they knew how to live and work together without suppressing individualalism.” (George Albert Smith, NBC radio broadcast, Church News, July 26, 1947, pp. 1, 10.)

-Pres. George Albert Smith had Arthur drive a more direct route,  a guard at the private road entrance whistled for him to stop and waved his arms but he went on, wanting to do what the Pres. said. He said he would drive up the steps the the admin. building if that’s what the Pres. asked. p19-20

– ‘hope to see you again’ was not superficial, he meant it when he said it.

-“Wherever I have gone, I have found noble men and women.” (George Albert Smith, Improvement Era, Apr. 1950, p.263)

– would lift the burdens of others’ shoulders and put them on his own. p20

-never heard him swear, the meanest thing he say about someone is that they are “a first class scrub”

-he was one of 11 children

-his health was poor; he went to live in a tent over a summer in St. George for the heat to heal him, but decided that he would give what he could how he was. God preserved him.

-“You could put me in jail and I would always look for an opportunity to escape. But if you put me in a room with doors and windows, unbarred and unguarded, and you draw a line and ask for my promise that I will never try to escape, I’ll never step across that line.” (George Albert Smith) p23

-He went to bid Lucy farewell as he was about to go on his mission, she said “George Albert Smith, if you think you’re going to the Southern States without me, you’re wrong. Let’s get married and go together.” They did.

-“One of our difficulties in this world today is that too many of our Father’s children do not believe in God. They have an idea that they can do just as they please and they throw their lives away….The [pathway] of righteousness is the highway of happiness.” (George Albert Smith, Church News, Oct. 20, 1948, p. 2-c)

-“it’s always better to have notes and not need them than to need them and not have them.” (George Albert Smith to Arthur Haycock)

-he kept a stack of children’s books in his desk, and silver coins to give the children, and a blessing if they wanted one. p29

-he had Arthur take an old lady pulling sticks to her home dispute Arthurs contesting, saying “You go and take her home. Remember, Arthur, she’s somebody’s mother.” p30

-“I declare” was one of his favorite phrases p31

-when he got a good sermon or something in the mail, he would say “I wonder what Reuben would think about this?” then would give it to him. He relied on his councilors much. p32

-he always ate steamed wheat for breakfast, with warm cream or prunes; for lunch he had a soft boiled egg, milk, homemade bread, and bottled fruit; they always brought a jar of wheat, the longer they were going to be away the larger the bottle would be; At dinner Arthur would say “We are having roast beef, he is having boiled wheat.”; at night he would eat a bowl of bread and milk with white seedless grapes; for a real treat he would have a chocolate shake or malt with a raw egg mixed into it. p32-33

-one couple had no children, he knew they would hence be lonely, so he said he would keep them in his prayers. p34

-instead of rushing home to check his mail or to take a nap after a strenuous trip, he would go to be with the sisters who were alone, being concerned for their wellbeing.

-he loved to dress in full boy scout regalia and attend scout meetings where youth would advance in rank.

-he advised General Authorities to speak from the heart. At one conference session Elder Cowey read his talk. He called and said, “Don’t let me ever catch you doing that again! You and the Lord do this. Don’t get up and read. You get up and let the Spirit guide you.” p36

-his favorite phrase was “we are all our Father’s children”. Such is written on his tombstone.

-In WW2 time, he send wheat to Europe. President Truman asked how they had this ration, George said “We’ve been saving the wheat, while you’ve been plowing it under. We’ve got our granaries and our storehouses full, and we just need a ship to get all we’ve set askide to our destitute members in Europe.” p40

-He stayed at a ranchers house once. This rancher didn’t make time for church or the Sabbath day since he was making his farm more prosperous. When George knelt and prayed at breakfast time, a child in that home asked his father what George was doing and what he was saying to the chair. p41

-“I have no desire except to help you carry on the Lord’s work….I don’t think my girls have any idea how near I’ve been to the other side. I haven’t felt like my work was done at all. When my work is done, I want to go. One of my regrets is that I have been unable to organize a library and dispose of it….As long as I have the money, I want to pay my hospital expenses; I don’t want the Church to do it.” p42

David O. McKay:

-eloquent in quoting scripture, Shakespeare, Browning, Burns.

-Apostle since 32 years old.

-“In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one takes the place to which one is duly called, which place one neither seeks nor declines.” (President David O. McKay p45)

-“always be sure that you get as many converts as you do baptisms” President J Reuben clark to Arthur, p48

-McKay said of his wife 54 years after their marriage, “[she] is 54 years lovelier than when I married her” p49

-President McKay has Elder Hinckley put the endowment to film. p54

-“Every member a missionary” -President McKay p55

-“Only through individual effort and divine guidance may true access and happiness be obtained. There is no blessing based upon another’s achievement. Everyone must work out his own salvation.” (President David O. McKay, Cherished Experiences, pp.9-10)

Joseph Fielding Smith:

-“His manner appeared strict and exacting, yet he was tender and warm. He was driven to preach the gospel, to tell the world, ‘There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, and one true church, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth.'” p56

-he was Church Historian for 45 years

-he was the grandson of Patriarch Hyrum Smith. He was the grandnephew of the prophet Joseph Smith.

-when dedicating a temple he said, “May I remind you that when we dedicate a house to the Lord, what we really do is dedicate ourselves to the Lord’s service.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Church News, Jan. 22, 1972, p.3)

-speaking of his father Joseph F. Smith, he said “My father never had time to be a boy.” p58. He had driven an ox team across the plains with his mother when he was use a boy, at age fifteen, orphaned, he was sent on a mission to Hawaii where he served for four and a half years.

-Arthur ran into a door opened by Elder Smith to get into another building without having to search for his key. He told Elder Smith, “I’m kind of hoping that’s how it will be on the other side. If I can catch the pearly gates before they close behind someone like you, I may make it.” Elder Smith said, “If I were you, my brother, I wouldn’t count on it.” p59

-“He wasn’t flashy. He never made anyone laugh in conference. I can’t ever remember him telling a joke at the pulpit. His was always a solemn gospel dissertation that was a result of his intense family tradition of faith and service. He had something to say to the Saints, an it was always serious.” p61

-“We believe that worship is far more than prayer and preaching and gospel performance. The supreme act of worship is to keep the commandments, to follow in the footsteps of the Son of god, to do ever those things that please him. It is one thing to give lip service to the Lord; it is quite another to respect and honor his will by following the example he has set for us.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Report, Oct. 1971, p.6)

-his wife would say, “Now lie down and take a nap after church. All the other presidents did.” He would say, “Well, where are they now?” (*he was saying that he was alive and wanted to work)

-his wife loved to sing and had him sing with her. He would say, “She calls it a duet; I call it a Do-it. I have to Do-it whether I want to or not.” p62

– “I plead with you young people…to keep yourselves clean and pure so that you will be entitled to go to the house of the Lord and together with the companions of your choice, enjoy all [the] greatest blessings the Lord offers to you.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Church News, Apr. 24, 19.71, p.6)

-“I can’t wait to get to the other side and thank Mother Eve for what she did. We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her. Then I think of the Savior born in a manger. I think of him sweating drops of blood and hanging on the cross. You know, he did that for me. He did that for us all. How can we ever repay him for his redeeming sacrifice?” (President Joseph Fielding Smith to Arthur Hancock, p64-64)

-he had 3 wives die on him, one after the other. He was married to one of them at a time.

-“We are members of a world church, a church that has the plan of life and salvation, a church set up by the Lord himself in these last days to carry his message of salvation to all his children in all the earth…. Not only shall we preach the gospel in every nation before the second coming of the Son of Man, butt we shall make converts and establish congregations of Saints among them.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith, Manchester Area Conference Report, Aug. 1971, p.5) p66

-he lived with his daughter before he died.

-all his life he was up by 6am and in his office by 8am.

-the last week before his death he was still working in his office.

-“The saving of the souls of men is the greatest work that is going on in the whole universe. It is going on both sides of the veil; and I think sometimes that it doesn’t matter which side of the veil we are working on.” (Elder Ezra Taft Benson, Mission Presidents Seminar, June 29, 1972) p.67

Harold B. Lee:

-he felt like Nephi not knowing before hand what to do p69.

-when asked the greatest challenge for Church leaders, he said “Keeping pace with the growth of the membership.” p69

-“The safety of the Church lies in the members keeping the commandments. There is nothing more important that I could say. Keep the commandments and blessings will come.” p69

-he was so close to the other side that he often said there was no veil for him. p70

-“Pray for me, young people. I plead with you to pray for me, and I promise you that I will try to so live, that the Lord can answer your prayers through me.”  (President Harold B. Lee) p70

-he was a seminary teacher, and took his work very seriously. He knew it was important.

-he was secretary and treasurer at Deseret News

-Arthur was approached by Elder Kimball and a few others to take a certain position. Arthur asked President Lee for advice. He said, “The offer may not be coming to you by inspiration, but if Spencer W. Kimball is asking you to do it, it’s the closest thing to it. He is the biggest short man that I know anywhere. Anything Spencer W. Kimball wants, I’de listen.” p71-72.

-“I have the responsibility to speak by the Spirit of the Lord, and you have the responsibility to listen by the Spirit of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Lee, Church News, June 16, 1973, p.3)

-“Men may fail in this country [USA], earthquake may come, seas may heave themselves beyond their bounds, there may be great drought and hardship as we may call it, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place where the new Jerusalem is; this is the place which the Lord said is favored above all the nations in the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to his temple. I have faith in America. You and I must have faith in America if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (President Harold B. Lee, speech at Rick’s College, see ‘In the Company of Prophets’ by Swinton p72)

-“He looked impeccable and stood with such imposing stature. You seldom spoke lightly or facetiously around him. He set a forma tone in his meetings, yet no one was more gracious or more considerate. He was formal in his relationships.” p73

-he was a forceful and able administrator. p73

-“he was driven to do all he could as fast as he could” like speaking to 4 groups in one night p73

-“It seemed as though the heavens opened and I could encompass every member of the church and my love went out to every member of the church and in fact to the whole world.” (President Harold B. Lee) p73

-his service as Church President was marked by announcements of new missions and new building projects. p73

-he pushed himself to the limit p73

-he called people on the phone who sent him letters and spoke with them about their problems and concerns. p73

-he cared deeply about issues facing people universally and individually p73

-“The real strength of the Church is to be measured by the individual testimonies to be found in the total membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (President Harold B. Lee) p75

-he spoke of the hastening of the Lords work being manifest in finding many of the blood of Israel in Mexico, “The evidence of hastening of which the Lord spoke (D&C 88:73) can be found in no greater measure than in this land of Mexico and in the countries of Central America as witnessed by the overwhelming superabundance of the blood of Israel to be found here.” (President Harold B. Lee) p75

-he was the primary author of the area conferences, they system of regional representatives, and the correlation program. Arthur says “He brought the worldwide Church together in one whole, ready to move ahead with force and energy. That was his major contribution.” p75

-he was a door to door encyclopedia salesman

-he taught the leaders of the Church to, when faced with issues of Church growth, “all that was necessary was already established: simply follow the priesthood lines of authority.” p76

-“I know, with a testimony more powerful than sight, that as the Lord declared, ‘The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth [from the Prophet Joseph Smith through his successors down to the present], and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends f the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.'” (President Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, Oct. 1972, p.20)

blogged up to this point:

-Presdient Harold B. Lee and President Marion G. Romney were carpenters of a sort. p77

-President Marion G. Romney took apples from a neighbors tree, his mother chastened him and told him to give them back at once. Since that lesson he has never taken a stamp or a paper clip from an office which does not belong to him.

-President Lee was healthy vigorous and kept a busy schedule p78

-“Every one of you can become great ancestors. This is the important thing. The only honor to your name is the honor you bring it.” (President Harold B. Lee, BYU Seminar) p78

-speaking of the accomplishments of the early pioneer leaders, he said, “We can equal them in dedication and keeping the commandments of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Loee, dedicating a stake center near downtown SLC) p78

-In Munich President Harold B. Lee didn’t tour the olympic gardens, they were there to work. It was hard to keep up with President Lee. p78-79

-President Lee told Arthur and his wife not to take the detour touring Spain and Portugal on the way home from one trip with the prophet. The next morning President Lee told them he had reconsidered and said it would be alright with him if they did such. Arthur responded, “No, President Lee. Just to know that you had even the slightest question at the wisdom of such a visit is enough for us. We’re going home.” p79

-speaking to Saints at Athens on Mars Hill President Lee compared them to those at the time of the ministry of Paul, “As we come to positions of trust and responsibility centuries later, bearing the same message, teaching the same gospel, worshipping the same God, faced with the same opposition, we must not hesitate nor slacken our zeal to project the word of the Lord.” (President Harold B. Lee, Church News, Dec. 16, 1972, p.5)

-his first wife died and he remarried

-when President Lee died, “There was no campaigning, no electioneering, no jockeying for position, no speeches- just a simple process the Lord himself has directed, that upon the death of the president of the Church, the president of the Twelve should become the next prophet and president.”

-“The source of his greatness was his knowledge that he lived in the shadow of the Almighty.” (President Marion G. Romney speaking of President Harold B. Lee his funeral) p82

Spencer W. Kimball:

-“He plowed through business all day at the office and then went home for a short nap and a light supper followed by more work and them more work. It wasn’t unusual for him to slop down to the office at night if he had something on his mind.” p84

-he regularly admonished the Saints to keep a journal, sing in their wards, plant gardens, pray for doors to nations not open to the gospel would open to missionaries, serve missions, read the scriptures, serve neighbors, and repent repent repent. p84

-“We teach the truth. If people knew what we know, there would be great numbers eager to join the Church. It’s true, it’s right, it’s divine.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p84

-“How can we be satisfied with 100,000 converts out of 4 billion in the world who need the gospel? I wonder if we are doing all we can….We have been proselyting now 144 years. Are we prepared to lengthen our stride?” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Nov. 10, 1985, p.10)

-“So much depends upon our willingness to make up our minds, collectively and individually, that present levels of performance are not acceptable either to ourselves or to the Lord. In saying that, I am not calling for flashy, temporal differences in our performance levels but a quiet resolve to do a better job- to lengthen our stride.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p85

-President Kimball loved people rich or poor, high in position or of no position at all. He was a friend to everyone. p85

-“Father considered long and well the creation of this earth and the peopling of it….He made the earth for our benefit and for our growth and development….You probably do not remember all the things you did in the life before you came here, but you lived; you understood the program; you accepted the divine plan; you agreed to it; you made the covenant, and you must not ignore that promise, even though you have that right of agency.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Mar. 8, 1975, p.4)

-“Suffering can make Saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p86

-Kimball suffered typhoid, smallpox, throat cancer, heart attacks, and open-heart surgery.

-“Once he (President Kimball) was being wheeled into an operating room, the hospital orderly pushing the gurney bumped the corner of the door and began to swear, taking the Lord’s name in vain. President Kimball looked up at him and said quietly, “Don’t say that. You are speaking about my best friend.”” p86

-Though he had a temperature of 104, he still went to his meeting, would stand and council the Saints with great sincerity, then be whisked back to the hotel to rest. p86-87

-“The Church of Jesus Christ, nicknamed Mormon, is the only true and living church which is fully recognized by God….Most of the world disbelieves it, ministers attempt to disprove it, intellectuals think to rationalize it out of existence, but when all the people of the world are dead, and the ministers and priests are ashes, and the high trained are maundering in their graves, the truth will go forward, the Church will continue triumphant and the gospel will still be true.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Sep. 10, 1977, p.3)

-“he didn’t have a lot of education or a list of degrees behind his name, but he could touch the hearts of people everywhere with his stories and his warm and loving manner.” p87

-“almost numberless are the men and women who today are allowing sin to grow in the heart wood of their lives (speaking of wedges which hinder the growth of trees as an analogy)” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p87-88

-“Paint up, clean up, fix your homes and your hardens, plant flowers.” (frequent council of President Spencer W. Kimball at conferences) p88

-gave conference talk “Don’t kill the little birds” about not killing animals unless we need to.

-“We believe that we have in the Church the answers to all the questions, for the Lord is the head of the Church and He has given us the program. Our message is what it has always been, and our hope is that our people will live the commandments of the Lord. THey have been revealed in the holy scriptures and by living prophets throughout many years.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, 1974) p88

-he would ask a secretary to type something saying it’s no rush whenever they get time, then a few minutes later would return to see if it was done. He pushed the work forward. p89

-on his desk he kept the motto “Do It” to remind himself and his visitors to do the gospel. p89

“With missionary work…we…say, ‘Father, Thy will be done.’ I’m just Your faithful servant. I’m ready to serve and sacrifice. Open the gates. I’ll do it.’ The Lord didn’t tell Lehi to ask for the plates or to try to get the plates. He said, ‘Send your sons and get the plates.‘” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Dec. 21, 1974) p89

-Arthur says “when I served with President Kimball, I never worked so hard in my life.” p90

-“We want to keep faith with that small but noble band of souls who assembled in the Peter Whitmer home 150 years ago for the purpose of formally organizing the Church. we can keep the faith, in part, by helping the Church to grow in numbers and also in spirituality.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, Apr. 1980, p.6)

-“Thousands of converts should come in from this source. They are your neighbors. They are your friends. They know your righteousness. You are an example in  Christian living to them.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, speaking of local member missionary work, Church News, Aug. 24, 1974, p.4)

-“The days of gathering are over, and now we’ve got to establish Zion in all areas of the world. We need you here. Stay in our homeland and build up The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” (Elder Spencer W. Kimball, 1955 speech to European Mission)

-“Every time a new temple is built, all the bells in hell begin to ring because Satan knows what it means.” (Brigham Young)

-“He wasn’t kissing babies to get votes or shaking hands to be popular; he was touching the people because he wanted them to know of his love, and he wanted to blew them.” (Arthur speaking of President Kimball.)p93

-“When you work for those who have time for people, you work for the Lord’s chosen.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p95

-“It’s the people- the ordinary people everywhere, not just the leaders- who make the Church great.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p95

-“When we are asked by the Lord to enlarge the borders of the Church, that means not only more stakes, more missions, and greater missionary work, but greater effectiveness…by having more and more of members, young and old, more fully converted and in control of their lives, and less tossed by the trends of the time.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, July 5, 1975, p.3)

-“There is great security in spirituality, and we cannot have spirituality without service.” (Spencer W. Kimball, 1974) p97

-he would often see a young person and tell them they would be a great missionary when they grow up, and give them money telling them it was to start their missionary fund. p98

-he was often in the office by 7am. p100-101

-USA Presdient Carter said, “We ought to be more like the Mormon Church. They have thousands of young people out teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.” p101-102

-he often would skip lunch wanting to get more work done.

-he would suggest that Arthur go on a diet, and would do the diet along side him. He thought in terms of ‘we’.

-“I would explain that Sister Kimball would be unhappy if I didn’t get him lunch, and the president would quickly retort, ‘That’s all right. I’d rather she was mad at you than mad at me.'” p102

-“He was also human; he got frustrated and upset at times, like all the rest of us.” (Aruthur speaking of President Kimball) p103

-“There was never time for us to relax” Arthur says of his days with President Kimball. p103

-he had a sense of humor; he asked a flight attendant for lemonade, she said she didn’t have any, then remembered they had lemons and returned to Kimball and said “I can squeeze you some” Kimball replied “don’t touch me.”

-people would ask him for an inside scoop on the second coming of Jesus Christ, he would say, “Why? Are you ready to go?” p104

-Arthur turned a man down who wanted Kimball to perform his marriage because the petitioner didn’t know Kimball; the man persisted and caught Kimball coming home from work and asked Kimball himself. Kimball agreed to do it, and scolded Arthur for being too protective. p104

-upon a natural disaster, Kimball urged the Saints to “Rebuild your lives while rebuilding your homes” p105

-“When President Kimball got something on his mind, he would not let go of it. He was tenacious and determined yet demonstrative and kind.” p105

-Sister Kimball always tended a garden and bottled fruit. p106

-when they moved into Hotel Utah, sister Kimball would walk to their old home, pick the apples off of the ground, cart then to the hotel, and make applesauce. p106

-when he traveled he took no time out for sight seeing p106

-Arthur planned a free day with only an evening session and said to Kimball, “I’m just trying to save you, President.” Kimball responded, “I know you’re trying to save me, but I don’t want to be saved. I just want to be exalted.”

-“You can’t just float down the Thames; you have to be up and going. You’ve done a great job so far. Now what are you going to do tomorrow? Quicken your pace, lengthen your stride.” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p107

“My life is like my shoes, to be worn out in the service of the Lord” (President Spencer W. Kimball) p107

-Kimball urged Arthur to go home one evening as he stayed past 5:30 to work and wait for his wife. Arthur said, “President, you’re making this hard for me. I am torn between doing my duty to stay close to you and still doing what you ask me to do.” President Kimball responded, “They both ought to be the same, hadn’t they?” p108

-Kimball had a cousin who was Catholic, who said of President Kimball, “They could make my father a Saint”. Arthur told this to Kimball and the immediate response of President Kimball was “Nobody can make me a saint. I have to do that for myself.” p108

-Kimball’s philosophy was to put the Lord first, others second, himself last. p109

-even when Kimball was out of the office from being ill, nothing was at hold at the office. “He had set the agenda, and we simply followed his directions.” p109

Ezra Taft Benson:

-oft times Seecretary Benson (worked as such in the dept. of Agriculture for USA President Eisenhower) was misrepresented by others who had agendas of their own. Benson expected complete integrity of others but didn’t always get it. p114

– a Washington reporter observed of Benson. He “acts like a man whose conscience is always clear- his testimony will be the same next week or the week after or a year from now.” This helped him to not have to remember what he told everyone, he simply remembered the truth and knew that is what he told.  p115

-he got a letter from the white house saying “Secretary Benson, since I was with you in New York I have had the strangest feeling that I wanted to leave my nets and come follow you and be a fisher of men.” p116

-he was thoughtful, and arranged for Arthur to take his failing old mother with him on an assignment to Hawaii. p116

-when Arthurs mother died, he was touched that Presdient Benson and President Monson took time to come to her funeral. p117

-he put greater emphasis on the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the importance of it’s message in our lives than anyone p118

-“You can’t work at the side of such chosen vessels of righteousness without recognizing that the Lord is in charge and that his servants are his witnesses…My experiences far outweigh any material blessings or missed opportunities.” (D. Arthur Haycock) p118

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