Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball



Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball The Presidency Of Spencer W Kimball, From 1973 To 1985, Spanned Years Of Remarkable Growth And Dramatic Developments In The Church In That Time, Church Membership Grew From 3.2 Million To 5.9 Million, The Number Of Full Time Missionaries Serving Grew From 17,000 To Nearly 40,000 And Temples In Operation Increased From 15 To 36 This Book Focuses Exclusively On President Kimball S Ministry As Church President, Describing Such Landmark Events As The Revelation Extending The Priesthood To All Worthy Males, The Publication Of New Editions Of The LDS Scriptures, And The Reorganization Of The Quorum Of The Seventy The Accompanying CD ROM Created By BYU Studies Contains A Wealth Of Additional Information, Including A Longer Version Of The Biography, Photos Not Included In The Book, Some Audio Clips Of President Kimball Including A Sample Before The Surgery On His Throat , As Well As Copies Of Other Books Written By Or About President Kimball.

10 thoughts on “Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball

  1. says:

    This book reminded me of why I loved President Kimball so much He truly had a gift of loving people unconditionally, and they felt it Someone said that for the first time in her life she had a deeper understanding of how the Savior loved people by watching how President Kimball treated and loved people There are countless stories of the things that he said and did that changed people s lives.His ability to work was astounding, not only for a man in his 80 s, but for a person of ANY age His p This book reminded me of why I loved President Kimball so much He truly had a gift of loving people unconditionally, and they felt it Someone said that for the first time in her life she had a deeper understanding of how the Savior loved people by watching how President Kimball treated and loved people There are countless stories of the things that he said and did that changed people s lives.His ability to work was astounding, not only for a man in his 80 s, but for a person of ANY age His philosopy was that his life was like his shoes, meant to be worn out in service.He was incredibly humble and ego free He said that he wasn t afraid of dying, but I am concerned that when I meet the Savior, he might say to me, Spencer, you could have done better After reading about his total dedication to the Lord this quote made me choke up Spencer once said, I still wonder what the Lord was thinking about, making a little country boy like me President of his Church, unless he know that I didn t have any sense and would just keep on working No short man ever had a longer stride God bless Spencer W Kimball

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    The first half of the book is a one or two star, the second half a four or five, so I compromised and gave it three stars.The negatives about the book Something about the tone bothered me, particularly in the first half It seemed that the author went out of his way to include obscure events during the time period of President Kimball s presidency The chapter on the ERA, for instance, spends half of the chapter on a woman who was outspoken against the Church and eventually excommunicated I The first half of the book is a one or two star, the second half a four or five, so I compromised and gave it three stars.The negatives about the book Something about the tone bothered me, particularly in the first half It seemed that the author went out of his way to include obscure events during the time period of President Kimball s presidency The chapter on the ERA, for instance, spends half of the chapter on a woman who was outspoken against the Church and eventually excommunicated It sounds like she was loud enough that she deserves a mention in the book, but half a chapter given to a woman who wasn t that consequential, never even spoke with President Kimball and never had anything to do with him except that he upheld her excommunication Some of the things included in the book gave me pause I think too much weight was given to things supposedly said in private conversations For instance, there were several times the author said something like, So and so s grandson reported that so and so said this At one point, the author says that David O McKay was Said to have wanted and sought such a revelationbut no reference at all is given as to who said such a thing about President McKay I thought the book was nit picky and overly critical at times For instance, the author includes a long note in one of the first chapters that President Kimball s many journals were not as extensive after he became president, and that many times the entries were recorded by Arthur Haycock, his personal secretary In a later chapter referencing President Kimball s counsel to the Church on journal keeping, the author repeats the same criticism It just seems petty to note such a thing twice as if to say President Kimball didn t keep his own counsel I realize another reason the author gave it so much weight is that as a biographer trying to write about that specific time period, it was probably frustrating to him that the level of detail wasn t as great as Kimball s previous journals Another instance is the story told of a quote given by Elder McConkie about the priesthood revelation where he says something like, We all heard the same voice and felt the same witness President Kimball is reported to have wanted it clarified so that people would not misunderstand and think that an actual voice was heard Elder McConkie kept it as is The story probably deserves to be in the biography, but then a few chapters later the same story is included again, this time with the added detail that son Ed the author was the one asked to have Elder McConkie change the words Including the story twice just seems petty I thought it was strange that Paul H Dunn was quoted quite often in this book, sometimes in telling very engaging anecdotes about President Kimball, and once in reporting in great detail of what was said in the private meeting of the general authorities on the revelation of the priesthood First, with all the many, many stories and experiences people have had with President Kimball, I found it interesting that Dunn s reflections were included instead of others, especially when Dunn is associated with embellished stories Second, in a meeting with many, many people attending, why is it the author couldn t find another authority present to quote Kimball s words at the time I have to assume that s because what was said was meant to be confidential and that Dunn was the only one who gave him the quote he wanted to use Even the parts of the book about the author are written in third person, which makes for an awkward read I couldn t help comparing it to Bruce R McConkie s biography, also written by a son, where the first person narrative really adds to the story and genuineness of the book Here, the occasional references to letters written to son Ed or He told son Ed, made the book less personal.And now to the many, many positives, especially in the second half of the book, which dealtwith President Kimball himself and not the time period or historical details of the Church during his presidency The chapters on the revelation on the priesthood were absolutely wonderful, very detailed, and very interesting I was so touched by the many stories of President Kimball s love for people and his kindness to others I was inspired by President Kimball s work ethic, especially in the face of so much physical pain I loved the many stories of area conferences, traveling throughout the world, the miracles of the gospel opening up to new ares, and

  3. says:

    Recommended by my dear friend Lon Tibbitts, I was fully engrossed in this book For those of you who are not Mormons, this is a story of the term this man had as President of our Church His administration is famous for lifting the ban on ordaining blacks to the Priesthood or authority to conduct official church ecclesiastical business and perform certain rites The author the son of President Kimball , did not shy away from some of the tension and controversy of President Kimball s administr Recommended by my dear friend Lon Tibbitts, I was fully engrossed in this book For those of you who are not Mormons, this is a story of the term this man had as President of our Church His administration is famous for lifting the ban on ordaining blacks to the Priesthood or authority to conduct official church ecclesiastical business and perform certain rites The author the son of President Kimball , did not shy away from some of the tension and controversy of President Kimball s administration I appreciated the candor Clearly, the son is a fan of his father, so it s certainly not an expose Quick update on my view of biographies No good biography was ever written by a staunch critic of a person they focus on what they don t like Nor was a good biography ever written by an purely objective, disinterested party Have you read a Congressional report They read sort of like that bereft of passion or insight or any effort to truly appreciate someone s life SOME but not all biographies, written by people with an interest and passion for someone s life, and with some kind of admiration for their subject, are excellent Some are not they are pure distortion and propaganda But many are excellent So I ll take my chances with someone with a passion, interest, and type of admiration for their subject.I mean, even the biography of a bad guy if written by someone who is sympathetic to the influence and forces around a person who went south, is better than reading the venom from those who despise them Venom omits and distorts Neutrality ignores and narrowly focuses Admiration sympathy may over reach or exaggerate but it s easier to discern truth from this, than the other two possibilities Okay so, it a good biography More candid that you might expect from a son And very honest in terms of how certain decision are made in the Church Some members have this vision of a weekly meeting in the temple where Jesus gives the team an action list, a few helpful tips, then disappears I don t know but I don t think it works that way I think leaders of the church have to struggle through their own life experience, tradition, and frame of reference Inspiration is there to guide and confirm but choices are typed neatly on 3x5 cards for leaders to work off of Terrific story of how the whole Priesthood issues was dealt with and solved Was this Church wrong to ever deny blacks the priesthood Maybe But Kimball s journey to get an answer on that issue, one way or another, is inspiring and renewed my faith

  4. says:

    I ve finally found an LDS biography on the same level as David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism What an amazing book The details of all the changes in the LDS church in a twelve year period made recent changes in the church seem rather mundane.I was only 7 years old when President Kimball passed away, but this biography has given me the greatest appreciation for him and all the wonderful things he accomplished I greatly appreciated the way in which Ed Kimball the author made his fat I ve finally found an LDS biography on the same level as David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism What an amazing book The details of all the changes in the LDS church in a twelve year period made recent changes in the church seem rather mundane.I was only 7 years old when President Kimball passed away, but this biography has given me the greatest appreciation for him and all the wonderful things he accomplished I greatly appreciated the way in which Ed Kimball the author made his father so relatable and human in a way I ve observed in only one or two other biographies of LDS general authorities This book is a pleasure to read

  5. says:

    Edward Kimball s biography of his father is probably my favorite biography of all time This book chronicles the administration of President Kimball and is equally readable and compelling I picked it up with the intention of scanning it before teaching my institute lesson on President Kimball Four days later, I ve read every word including the footnotes And, I m exhausted from reading about the man Brad Wilcox characterizes as the Church s Energizer Bunny What a great man I m grateful to Edward Kimball s biography of his father is probably my favorite biography of all time This book chronicles the administration of President Kimball and is equally readable and compelling I picked it up with the intention of scanning it before teaching my institute lesson on President Kimball Four days later, I ve read every word including the footnotes And, I m exhausted from reading about the man Brad Wilcox characterizes as the Church s Energizer Bunny What a great man I m grateful to remember his administration so well and to have had some personal contact with him

  6. says:

    This book is a sequel to the 1977 biography of Spencer W Kimball, Spencer W Kimball, written by Edward L Kimball and Andrew F Kimball, Jr., and is authored solely by Edward L Kimball Given that Spencer W Kimball, the twelfth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, served as the president from 1973 through 1985, the book focuses on the event that occurred after the events detailed in the first biography, including the events surrounding the revelation that allowed all This book is a sequel to the 1977 biography of Spencer W Kimball, Spencer W Kimball, written by Edward L Kimball and Andrew F Kimball, Jr., and is authored solely by Edward L Kimball Given that Spencer W Kimball, the twelfth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, served as the president from 1973 through 1985, the book focuses on the event that occurred after the events detailed in the first biography, including the events surrounding the revelation that allowed all worthy male members of the church to be ordained to the priesthood and receive temple ordinances I liked this book better than I liked the previous biography probably because the previous biography focused so muchon President Kimball s insecurities and feelings of inadequecy that its mood was often sad and depressing to me Perhaps because the events described in this book occurred well into President Kimball s prophetic term, he wassure of himself and less inclined to self doubt This book at times was fantastic The section on the revelation of the priesthood was very engaging and well written I, however, am not a fan of the presentation of biographies in a non linear subject matter organization because it often rips decisions and events from the entire context in which they occurred However, I believe the author was effective in his telling of these events in that fashion Overall, I thought this book was very well done

  7. says:

    Even though I was still a child when President Kimball passed away, I can still vividly recall my feelings of affection for him and my sorrow at his passing This was an interesting account of his years as president of the LDS church, made especially personal by the recollections and insights of the author, his son I loved reading about how incredibly loving President Kimball was and to everyone I was especially interested to read about the 1978 revelation which made the priesthood accessibl Even though I was still a child when President Kimball passed away, I can still vividly recall my feelings of affection for him and my sorrow at his passing This was an interesting account of his years as president of the LDS church, made especially personal by the recollections and insights of the author, his son I loved reading about how incredibly loving President Kimball was and to everyone I was especially interested to read about the 1978 revelation which made the priesthood accessible to all worthy males in the Church.I do hope the Kindle version gets updated somehow, because it was a bit jumbled and not formatted well to the format Footnotes were mixed in with the refular text and not separated even by having a different font size or style It made reading a little tricky I was impressed, however, with the quality of the photographs, since I could enlarge them without losing auality or getting pixelated

  8. says:

    Sections of this book were beyond a 5 star rating, but enough of the book was not thus the four star rating That said, President Kimball s life biography from 1977 is a 5 star read In reading about the process leading to the announcement allowing all worthy males to receive the priesthood, I learnedabout revelation and priesthood keys than anything else I had ever read or heard before Finally, I don t believe I am aware of any other individual who emulated the life of the Savior quite Sections of this book were beyond a 5 star rating, but enough of the book was not thus the four star rating That said, President Kimball s life biography from 1977 is a 5 star read In reading about the process leading to the announcement allowing all worthy males to receive the priesthood, I learnedabout revelation and priesthood keys than anything else I had ever read or heard before Finally, I don t believe I am aware of any other individual who emulated the life of the Savior quite like President Kimball did To read about his life and his presidency, I have come to understand Christ like living and charity much better

  9. says:

    I love behind the scenes books This book didn t disappoint with a special view of what it was like for Spencer W Kimball as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints It was amazing to read about his rigorous work and travel schedule, his love for people he met, and how the church changed and grew during his administration I also enjoyed reading about the revelation on the Priesthood I wasn t alive during that time and have heard various versions of what it was like, but th I love behind the scenes books This book didn t disappoint with a special view of what it was like for Spencer W Kimball as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints It was amazing to read about his rigorous work and travel schedule, his love for people he met, and how the church changed and grew during his administration I also enjoyed reading about the revelation on the Priesthood I wasn t alive during that time and have heard various versions of what it was like, but this was really fascinating Great read

  10. says:

    Loved it highly recommend

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