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~Read Book ♲ Howard W. Hunter ⚖ Howard W Hunter Wikipdia Howard W Hunter Knowles, Eleanor, HunterThis Is A Great Book For Those Who Like Biographies I Live In Boise, Idaho, Where Howard Hunter Grew Up And Have Visited Two Of The Homes He Lived In The Book Is So Descriptive That It Was Easy To Go To Some Of The Places Hunter Went Howard W Hunter Dfinition De Howard W Hunter EtHoward W Hunter A T Leme Prsident De L Glise De Jsus Christ Des Saints Des Derniers Jours President Howard W Hunter Fourteenth President President Thomas S Monson, Second Counselor In The First Presidency To President Howard W Hunter, Is In His Thirty First Year As An Apostle Of The Lord And As A General Authority He Was BornAugustin Salt Lake City And Grew Up As A Youth And Teen Working With His Father In A Printing Business Howard W Hunter, General Authority Howard W Hunter, Fourteenth President Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints Was The First President Born In The Twentieth Century With A Term In Office Of Only Nine Months, His Was The Shortest Tenure Of Any Of The Modern Prophets Still, Despite Ill Health, It Howard W Hunter Latter Day Light Howard W Hunter Latter Day Light It Has Always Been Encouraging To Me That The Lord Said It Is The Willing And Obedient Who Shall Eat The Good Of The Land Of Zion In These Last Days All Of Us Can Be Willing And Obedient If The Lord Had Said The Perfect Shall Eat The Good Of The Land Of Zion In These Last Days, I Suppose Some I have been studying President Hunter's teachings in Relief Society this year, so it was interesting to read more about his life. What a wonderful example he was! It was fun to also read direct quotes from diaries that he kept throughout his life and I enjoyed seeing the pictures. I never knew much about President Hunter, I thought he was the frail apostle who fell over during his conference talk. This book was an amazing insight to a choice individual. Great lessons, on determination, persevering, and the power to keep on going. I was uplifted and inspired to see all that he did. I felt like I had lost a good friend after I read this book. President Howard W. Hunter signed my mission call during his alltoobrief presidency of the LDS Church, and I've long admired and respected this great man. This book is a wellwritten look into his life up until just before his presidency, and provides a look into his life full of service, hard work, and gospel teachings. A fun read so much insight into an interesting man with so much depth. I really enjoy biographies, particularly of great leaders. President Howard W. Hunter was the Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints from 1994 to 1995. He was called as an Apostle in 1959. This is the story of his life, much of it told from his own words and journals.

Howard w. Hunter was a remarkable and humble man. His life began as very ordinary. He was born in Boise in 1907. He loved music, he loved to learn, he loved to travel, he worked hard. He played in band in a ship traveling around the world during college. He moved to California and became a lawyer. He and his wife had three sons. He was called as a bishop and stake president in Pasadena. He served in these callings during a time of rapid growth in the Church. It was this stake president from California that was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1959.

Elder Hunter had many projects to do as a General Authority. He was very devoted to the work. Two of his biggest responsibilities where helping to build the Polynesian Cultural Center from President David O. McKay's vision. He also was very involved in projects in Jerusalemthe dedication of the Orson Hyde Memorial Garden on the Mount of Olives and the BYU Jerusalem Center. He built relationships and managed many different cultures and situations.

I enjoyed getting to know more of the personal side and story of President Hunter. He was an ordinary man, but extraordinary in his devotion to the Lord and love of the gospel. He was humble, lived simply. He was genuine, real, and unafraid. He loved people. He had his trials, especially at the end of his life, but it was hard to get him down. Many people know the story of him falling down while speaking in General in October 1987 or the bomb scare at BYU in February 1993. Neither of those nor the death of his first wife nor any of his surgeries or ailments kept him down completely. He was committed to the Lord and serving Him. I am inspired by his life and example!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"'Although I had attended Church classes most of my life, my first real awakening to the gospel came in a Sunday School class in Adams Ward taught by Brother Peter A. Clayton. He had a wealth of knowledge and the ability to inspire young people. I studied the lessons, read the outside assignments he gave us, and participated in speaking on assigned subjects. I suddenly became aware of the real meaning of some of the gospel principles, and understanding of the degrees of glory, and the requirements of celestial exaltation as Brother Clayton taught and instructed us. I think of this period of my life as the time the truths of the gospel commenced to unfold. I always had a testimony of the gospel, but suddenly I commenced to understand (p. 71).'"

"On the day he was sustained as bishop, Howard asked members of the stake presidency what his responsibilities were. They replied that he needed to find a place for the ward to meet, organize and staff the ward, 'and get going.' 'This was all new to me, not having served in a bishopric, but I followed directions (p. 95).'"

"The Hunter boys grew up in a home where loving parents taught them values, gave them responsibilities commensurate with their age and abilities, helped them develop their talents and interests, and provided a sense of security and wellbeing. Claire kept an immaculate home, and her sons learned early to make their beds and straighten their rooms before they began their day's activities. Howard and Claire took time to talk with their sons and listen to them. They set standards and expectations, not through overt preaching or coercion, but through example, gentle persuasion, and love (p. 106)."

"Long before the Church formally adopted Monday for family home evening, the Hunters reserved the night for their family (p. 107)."

"'It would be accurate to say that he was a successful business and corporate attorney....Yet there are those who would argue that he was first and foremost a 'people lawyer,' for he always seemed to have time and the interest to help people with their problems (Elder CreeL Kofford, p. 120).'"

"'It is my aim to find pleasure and enjoyment in life by seeking after those things which are good and worth while, that I may gain knowledge and wisdom with each passing year; to carefully plan my allotted time so that none of it will be wasted; to give my family the benefits of education, recreation, and travel; to conduct my life in obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to so manage my business affairs that I will have an income adequate to provide my family with their wants and the advantages of some of the finer things in life; and to set aside a portion for investments to provide an income for retirement (p. 120).'"

"'I have never been on a gloomy welfare project. I have climbed trees and picked lemons, peeled fruit, tended boiler, carried boxes, unloaded trucks, cleaned the cannery, and a thousand and one other things, but the things I remember most are the laughing and the singing and the good fellowship of people engaged in the service of the Lord. It is like the little boy who was carrying another little boy on his back. 'Isn't he heavy?' someone asked. The little fellow answered, 'No, he's my brother (p. 132).''"

"'While I was speaking to the congregation my father and mother came into the chapel dressed in white. I had no idea my father was prepared for the temple blessings, although Mother had been anxious about it for some time. I was so overcome with emotion that I was unable to continue to speak....This was a birthday I have never forgotten because on that day they were endowed and I had the privilege of witnessing their sealing, following which I was sealed to them (p. 135).'"

"Howard practiced in his stake leadership the same kinds of people skills that made him a successful attorney and businessman, resulting in intense loyalty among his associates. 'You felt appreciated and wanted and needed,' observes Alicebeth Ashby, who served as president of the Pasadena Stake Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association. 'He made people responsible when they received a calling, but if they needed his opinion or counsel, he was always there. We knew that we had his complete support and interest (p. 137).'"

"'He delegated and he also followed through. He was very good with details. He was slow to take action or make a decision because he wanted to make sure the decision was right. He liked to take time to look at all the angles (Daken K. Broadhead, p. 138).'"

"Howard had had an almost insatiable curiosity about the world since childhood, when he had taken imaginary travels with his father in their living room in Boise (p. 141)."

"Sister Clare Middlemiss, secretary to President McKay, had been looking for me...and had asked him to have me come to the office of President McKay as soon as possible.....
'President McKay greeted me with a pleasant smile and a warm handshake and then said to me, 'Sit down, President Hunter, I want to talk with you. The Lord has spoken. You are called to be one of his special witnesses, and tomorrow you will be sustained as a member of the Council of the Twelve.'
'I cannot attempt to explain the feeling that came over me. Tears came to my eyes and I could not speak. I have never felt so completely humbled as when I sat in the presence of this great, sweet, kindly manthe prophet of the Lord. He told me what a great joy this would bring into my life, the wonderful association with the brethren, and that hereafter my life and time would be devoted as a servant of the Lord and that I would hereafter belong to the Church and the whole world. He said other things to me but I was so overcome I can't remember the details, but I do remember he put his arms around me and assured me that the Lord would love me and I would have the sustaining confidence of the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve (p. 144).'"

"'This calling shall take precedence above all other things, and I am willing to set aside all other things for anything that is asked of me in the spirit of devotion and humility to this call (p. 147).'"

"'We have enjoyed our home in California and our family life with our sons. The thought of changing our residence and leaving our many friends had never occurred to us. We are now faced with the reality of getting our affairs in order so that we can respond to the call that has come to us (p. 151).'"

"Elder Hunter prepared and studied in advance of every trip, learning all he could about the places he would visit and the peoples and cultures he would encounter. He liked to plan his own itinerary, using airline flight guides and his own knowledge and memory of how much time to allow and what was the best route to get where he was going. He wrote detailed reports in his journal on the places he visited and the people he metand often supplied information to other General Authorities when he learned they would be traveling to places he had been (p. 162)."

"Despite his heavy responsibilities, Elder Hunter apparently thrived on and derived great strength from his associations with the Saints....Long lines formed after meetings, and more than once he missed a plane connection because he remained to shake every hand. He never appeared rushed; every individual he met gained an impression that he or she was the most important person in Elder Hunter's life at that moment (p. 167)."

"Elder Hunter is a modest man, unassuming and undemanding, a person who thinks first of others' comfort. He prefers to be accepted as part of the group rather than given special treatment. Young people especially relate to him (p. 176)."

"'He is a good listener (p. 185).'"

"'He's always watching to be sure everybody is taken care of and that nobody is being inconvenience or put out (p. 185).'"

"'We have never seen him distraught or excited or unhappy with anything (p. 185).'"

"'He has extraordinary patience that comes from great inner peace. You have to have the feeling of love and support from our Father in heaven and the Savior to live a life as selflessly as he does (p. 185).'"

"As president of the Genealogical Society, Elder Hunter determined to learn about computers. He signed up for a weeklong seminar, sponsored by IBM, in San Jose, California, in April 1964 (p. 189)."

"'I have never witnessed a greater demonstration of complete unity than there was in the meeting this morning [where Joseph Fielding Smith was set apart as prophet, seer, and revelator and president of the Church]. The Spirit of the Lord whispered to each of us a confirmation of divine approval of the action which was taken, and we knew it was the will of the Lord (p. 195).'"

"Elder Hunter never ceased to marvel at the privilege he has had each week to meet with the First Presidency and the Twelve in the temple to partake of the sacrament, petition the Lord in prayer, and discuss the affairs of the Lord's kingdom. 'The meeting of this council in the temple is an experience which makes one feel he should be better and do better,' he wrote in 1967. 'There is kindness, unity and love (p. 226).'"

"Each man ordained to the apostleship and sustained as a prophet, seer, and revelator brings to his quorum and to the Church unique strengths and gifts. Among his associates, Howard Hunter is described as a man of sound judgment and quiet wisdom. He rarely talks about himself and his accomplishments or shares his personal feelings. His concern is for the accomplishments and feelings and comfort of others (p. 229)."

"'It was on a glorious June day in 1978. All of us were together in an upper room in the Salt Lake Temple. We were engaged in fervent prayer, pleading with the Lord to manifest his mind and will concerning those who are entitled to receive his holy priesthood. President Kimball himself was mouth, offering the desires of his heart and of our hearts to that God whose servants we are. In his prayer President Kimball asked that all of us might be cleansed and made free from sin so that we might receive the Lord's word. He counseled freely and fully with the Lord, was given utterance by the power of the Spirit, and what he said was inspired from on high. It was one of those rare and seldomexperienced times when the disciples of the Lord are perfectly united, when every heart beats as one, and when the same Spirit burns in every bosom (p. 235).'"

"With the relentlessly demanding life Howard led most of the time, it wasn't easy for him to relax on vacations. 'When Grandpa came for Christmas,' Nan says, 'we recognized that if he were going to be happy in our home, we had to have something for him to do.' She began saving projects and repairs for his visits (p. 257)."

"Dorothy Nielsen, Howard and Claire's dear friend and neighbor across the street, remembers being present when Howard returned home from the office or a trip. He would help Claire to her feet from her wheelchair and, supporting her tightly, whirl her around the room just as he had done when they went dancing so many years before. He took her regularly to her favorite hair dresser for permanents and shampoos, and even though she couldn't communicate, he would talk to her and tell her about his day and share news with her about family and friends (p. 268)."

"Near the end of the Twelve's meeting on Thursday, April 10, 1990, after all agenda items had been covered, President Hunter asked, 'Does anyone have anything that is not on the agenda?' Having been forewarned privately that their president had something he wanted to bring up if there was time at the end of their meeting, none of those present said anything. 'Well, then,' he continued, 'if no one else has anything to say, I thought I'd just let you know that I'm going to be married this afternoon (p. 291).'"

"On April 12, 1992, his wedding anniversary, Howard wrote in his journal: 'Two years ago today Inis and I were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. These two years have been happy ones. She has been a sweet companion and we have enjoyed being together, traveling together, and our home is a place of delight (p. 301).'"

"And so it went up and down. But typically, he refused to stay down any longer than necessary. His recoveries were taking longer, but just as soon as he was able, he would go back into the office, for a few hours at first and gradually building back up to fulltime. When he had been given his charge as a new apostle, he had pledged his all to the Church, and he was determined to keep that pledge. He was happiest when he was doing the Lord's work (p. 307)."

"At no time in his life has President Hunter aspired to the honors or men; such honors have come because his eye has been single to the glory of God and he has practiced the teachings of the Lord in his dealings with his fellowmen. He has proclaimed the gospel in most nations of the world, but perhaps even more important, he has quietly but unequivocally lived the gospel and set an example for the Saints (p. 310)."

"'The world needs men who are willing to step forward and declare themselves. The world needs men who will lift the load of responsibility to their shoulders and carry it high under the banner of Jesus Christmen who are willing to defend the right openly (p. 313).'"

"'Religion is more than a knowledge of God or a confession of faith, and it is more than theology. Religion is the doing of the word of God. It is being our brother's keeper, among other things. To keep unspotted from the world does not mean that one must withdraw from all association with the world, but rather to keep away from the evils of the world (p. 314).'"

"'The peace for which the world longs is a time of suspended hostilities; but men do not realize that peace is a state of existence that comes to men only upon the terms of God, and in no other way.... (p. 316)'" It often read more like a travel log than an inspiring autobiography. Not as wellwritten as the other ones on church leaders that I’ve read, and it unfortunately didn’t cover his time as prophet. A well written and nicely compiled biography. The story flowed and focused on the important details. I truly loved learning about another Prophet of God. A real good biography, probably because President Hunter kept a diary as a youngster and a very good journal as an adult. It is good to find a general authority who was not a spiritual standout in his childhood. Although his father came from Mormon pioneer stock, he was not a member and so Howard grew up in a part member family. In Boise, where he spent most of his growing up time, there was not even a branch of the church until 1903, some five years before his birth. His father finally allowed Howard to be baptized shortly after his 12th birthday. His sister was baptized at the same timeshe was eight.

If he was not a spiritual standout in his youth, he was very enterprisingalways figuring ways to make some money. He was in several bands in his high school and early adult years. The longest lasting was Hunt's Croonaders. His band even signed on as the entertainment on a cruise ship to the Orient and back in 1927.

he did not begin studying the scriptures until his middle 20's. When he went to see his bishop about being married in the Salt Lake City temple, he was surprised to find out that he may not receive a recommend because he had not been paying a full tithingnow that's not the background of most apostles and prophets.

One entry in his journal about his life as a general authority and the food they are treated to as guests in countless homes is just hilarious. It begins on page 172 of the book. If you don't read anything else, read this one page excerpt from his journal.

This book is inspiring and it is easy reading. It helps us to understand that a regular guy can become a general authority and even the prophet of the Lord. This was a good informative biography of Howard W Hunter. I was able to glean many insights into the formation of the man and his character.