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Books share teachings of President Monson, President Packer

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — This fall, new books share the teachings of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson and President Boyd K. Packer, president of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Also, a biography of President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is scheduled to be released from Deseret Book.

‘Consider the Blessings’

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary since President Monson's calling as an apostle, “Consider the Blessings: True Accounts of God’s Hand in Our Lives” (Deseret Book, $22.99) shares 50 true stories from President Monson that are either personal experiences or others that have been shared with him.

They include small but life-changing experiences that share the impact by simple, kind gestures and have ultimately let people know how Heavenly Father cares for each person.

One story shares how he took three cartons of chewing gum to Dresden, Germany, which was behind the Iron Curtain, and gave each teenager at the youth meeting two sticks of gum. Nearly 20 years later, after the country had unified, he returned to Dresden and after a conference met a mother and daughter. The mother had received two sticks of gum from then-Elder Monson and she still had the other stick.

Those sticks of gum had helped answer her prayer to know if her Heavenly Father did care about her.

Another story is from when President Monson was young boy and a neighbor woman who repeatedly confiscated baseballs and softballs that ended up in her yard. Impulsively watering her yard during the summer and helping with the leaves in the fall helped them no longer be enemies.

An answer to an earnest prayer in the Navy recruiting office helped President Monson make what could seem a minor decision, but it altered the trajectory of his life.

Each story in the 8-by-8-inch, 150-page book is a few pages long and is designed to help families have a gospel discussion.

‘In Wisdom and Order’

President Packer has often spoken on sensitive topics without leaving any question on his views on the subjects, including social, moral and doctrinal issues.

“In Wisdom and Order” shares some of these significant messages and talks from the past 25 years. Topics include the plan of salvation, listening to the voice of the Spirit, spiritual growth, marriage and family, disease of profanity, and the need for personal responsibility.

President Packer has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve since 1970 and a general authority since 1961.

“In Wisdom and Order, which is due out in November, is about 275 pages long.

‘I Will Lead You Along’

President Eyring’s son, Henry J. Eyring, and Robert Eaton, share experiences, teachings and insights in “I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring” (Deseret Book, $32.99) which is scheduled to be released in November.

Journals that President Erying has kept for more than 40 years after he received an impression to keep a daily record, are the backbone of this more-than-550-page book that shares his family and professional and academic experiences.

President Eyring was called to the First Presidency in 2007 and has been in the Quorum of the Twelve since 1995. He has been a general authority since 1985. He has advanced degrees from Harvard University and was an assistant and associate professor at Stanford. He was president of Ricks College, now BYU-Idaho, from 1971 to 1977 before serving as the deputy commissioner and then commissioner of Church Education.

Henry J. Erying is the advancement vice president of BYU–Idaho and previously worked as a consultant for Monitor Co. and as director of the BYU MBA program. He also served as president of the Japan Tokyo North Mission.

Eaton, president of the Washington Federal Way Mission, was a professor of religious education at BYU–Idaho.

Other new titles

• In “My Name Used to Be Muhammad: The Riveting True Story of a Muslim Who Embraced Christianity” (Ensign Peak, $21.99), Jeff Benedict and Tito Momen share Momen’s physical and spiritual journey from his life in Nigeria being raised to be a leader among clerics to his costly decision to believe in Jesus Christ.

The 300-page book is scheduled to be published through Deseret Book’s Ensign Peak imprint in November.

Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber” (Shadow Mountain, $12.99) by Tom Brokaw and illustrated by Robert T. Barrett is a picture book that shares the story of then-27-year-old Gail Halvorsen when he decided to add his and others’ sticks of gum to the airdrops over West Berlin during World War II at Christmastime. Brokaw narrated the story at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert last year, and a DVD is included with the book. Published through Deseret Book’s Shadow Mountain imprint, it is scheduled to be released in mid-October.

In “Mormon’s Codex: An Ancient American Book” (Deseret Book, $59.99), scholar John Sorensen compiles 60 years of academic study about the Book of Mormon and its relationship with Mesoamerica in this 800-plus page book. He includes more than 400 points where the Book of Mormon texts correspond to aspects of Mesoamerican situations, statements, allusions and history. It was released in September in conjunction with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

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