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Lowell L. Bennion is legendary in many circles. An LDS institute instructor and professor of sociology at the University of Utah, he was never content simply to quantify social ills or to preach against them but actively set out to correct what he could. He founded and directed the Teton Valley Boys Ranch, served as executive director for the Salt Lake City Community ServiLowell L. Bennion is legendary in many circles. An LDS institute instructor and professor of sociology at the University of Utah, he was never content simply to quantify social ills or to preach against them but actively set out to correct what he could. He founded and directed the Teton Valley Boys Ranch, served as executive director for the Salt Lake City Community Services Council, and organized other charities.His heart was with the underprivileged. He detested Pharisaism and often quoted biblical passages on the topic adapted to a Mormon ear: "As your treading is upon the poor, ... I hate, I despise your f(ast) days, and I will not (dwell in) your solemn assemblies ... Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear ... Woe unto them that are at ease in Zion." Bennion passed away in 1996 just after this biography was released, leaving an enormous void where he had been a beacon to humanitarian and liberation causes in his community....

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ISBN : 9781560850816
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Number of Pages : 410 Pages
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Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher, Counselor, Humanitarian Reviews

  • Peter W
    2019-01-17 13:02

    Biography of a man who thought that religion was best expressed through practical service & inclusivity. He wrote manuals for the LDS Church, but his doubting of the LDS Church's racial ban led to some infighting among Church leaders about his piety. I know a few of the people quoted in here and I attended the Teton ranch that he founded, so it was enjoyable and relevant for me to read.

  • Judy
    2019-02-05 14:02

    The biography of a remarkable man who founded and led the University of Utah LDS Institute for 27 years, then was Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. Bennion was a scholar with a PhD in sociology from the University of Strasbourg who believed in asking and discussing hard questions, but he is known and loved for being a devoted humanitarian dedicated to reaching out to the poor and needy and for founding some of the first food banks and homeless shelters in Salt Lake City. Bennion's early life, including his education, marriage, and family life, was especially interesting to me.

  • Daniel
    2019-02-06 11:00

    If you want to read about someone who exemplified Christian living in almost every aspect of his long and engaged life, you should read this book. Lowell Bennion was instrumental in the establishment or expansion of three Salt Lake City service institutions: the LDS Institute at the University of Utah, the Community Services Center, and the Lowell Bennion Service Center. The one thing that this book didn't give me was more of the writings and speeches of Lowell Bennion, but the book made want to go out and get those and read them and implement a commitment to Christlike service in my own life.

  • Mike Martin
    2019-02-13 12:05

    Another book that kept me in Mormonism for longer than I otherwise would have. Lowell Bennion was an example of the type of LDS I thought I might be able to be. The book is a great biography of a great man. It's a shame he was treated so poorly within the higher rankings of the church for not being orthodox in his beliefs to the extreme. But he garners a lot of respect for not compromising his personal integrity in the name of appeasing ecclesiastic leaders.

  • Rae
    2019-02-05 12:56

    I was particularly struck by Bennion's tremendous love for the downtrodden and his efforts to give service to others in his community. He definitely left us a legacy with his teachings on how to put the gospel into action in our lives and for the benefit of others.

  • Kathleen
    2019-01-27 14:12

    A good biography of a good man. It helped me understand more about the intellectual and religious environment in Utah in the 40's and 50's. This is part of research I am helping my husband do to write a history of his grandfather.

  • Paul Garns
    2019-01-25 11:01

    A solid biography of one of my favorite dudes and Mormon heroes.

  • T
    2019-02-08 15:10

    I really liked this book. Lowell Bennion was a great man who didn't just preach the faith but practiced it by reaching out to others.

  • M.J. Sewall
    2019-02-11 10:18

    Beautiful, richly detailed biography of an influential teacher and intellectual.

  • Sharman Wilson
    2019-02-02 10:02

    Another of my Mormon mentors, even though I never had him in a class--his ideas resonate with me like few others.