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Thunder from the RightEzra Taft Benson in Mormonism and Politics$
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Matthew L. Harris

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042256

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042256.001.0001

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LDS Church Presidency Years, 1985–1994

LDS Church Presidency Years, 1985–1994

(p.208) 8 LDS Church Presidency Years, 1985–1994
Thunder from the Right
J. B. Haws
University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers the doctrinal implications of Benson’s LDS church presidency, specifically his emphasis on the Book of Mormon and how it transformed and shaped the contemporary Mormon Church. The essay further explores the challenges and controversies of Benson’s presidency: his teachings on gender roles in the family, the fallout of the Mark Hoffman forgery scandal, the “September Six” excommunications, Steve Benson’s publicized disaffection from the Mormon Church, Benson’s oversight of the new church public affairs department, and many other issues that defined and shaped his presidency.

Keywords:   Steve Benson, Excommunication, Mark Hoffman, LDS Public Affairs, “September Six”, LDS Church bureaucracy, First Presidenc, Book of Mormon, Home Teaching, Visiting Teaching, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson

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