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During an automobile drive in late June, President Ezra Taft Benson stopped at the Richard Madsen home in Salt Lake City. While there, he shook hands with Brother Madsen's grandchildren, Taylor Parkin, 3, and KariAnne Parkin, 7.

The prophet, who will turn 94 on Aug. 4, was called to the Council of the Twelve 50 years ago on July 26, 1943. For the past seven years, he has served as president of the Church.The story of the 50th anniversary of President Benson's call to the Twelve is on page 3.