Telecast to mark prophet's birthday

President Ezra Taft Benson will be honored July 30 during a special program commemorating his 90th birthday.

The program, originating in the Tabernacle on Temple Square, will be televised live via satellite to more than 2,000 meetinghouses in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.The program will begin at 6 p.m. MDT. It will be rebroadcast over the Church satellite network and over KBYU, Channel 11, Provo, Utah, at 8 p.m.

Featured will be messages from President Benson's counselors in the First Presidency and from his family. Music will be furnished by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

President Benson was born Aug. 4, 1899, in the southeast Idaho town of Whitney. He was educated at BYU and Iowa State College and pursued a career in agricultural administration that eventually led to an eight-year service as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture during the Eisenhower administration.

In 1943 he was called to the Council of the Twelve, and in November 1985 he was ordained as the 13th president of the Church.

Expected to be on hand for the birthday commemoration is his wife of nearly 63 years, Flora Amussen Benson, together with their six children and many of their numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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