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The LDS Church in Italy: The 1966 Rededication by Elder Ezra Taft Benson
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The LDS Church in Italy: The 1966 Rededication by Elder Ezra Taft Benson

Happy birthday to President Ezra Taft Benson, August 4, 1899-May 30, 1994. Here's a BYU Studies article about Elder Benson's work in Italy. In 1964, as an Apostle and as president of the European Mission, Elder Benson reestablished missionary work in Italy. He was warmly greeted there by officials who remembered his work as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, when he helped relieve food shortages after WWII. In November 1966, Elder Benson rededicated Italy at Torre Pellice, where Lorenzo Snow had dedicated Italy in 1850.