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Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold:— Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said, 'What writest thou?' —The vision raised its head, And with a look made all of sweet accord, Answered, 'The names of those who love the Lord.' 'And is mine one?' said Abou. 'Nay not so.' Replied the angel, Abou spoke more low, But clearly still, and said, 'I pray thee, then, Write me as one that loves his fellow-men.' The angel wrote and vanished. The next night It came again with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed. And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!

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About Richard Louis Evans

Richard Louis Evans

Richard Louis Evans

Richard Louis Evans (b. March 23, 1906, Salt Lake City, Utah - November 1, 1971) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1953 - 1971), the president of Rotary International (1966 - 1967), and the writer, producer, and announcer of Music and the Spoken Word for forty-one years (1930 - 1971).

He received a BA and MA from the University of Utah. There, he joined Pi Kappa Alpha. He may have been best-known as the announcer for the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir radio broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word: he wrote, produced, and announced the radio broadcasts, including a short inspirational message. Evans' weekly broadcasts spanned from its inception in 1930 until his death in 1971.

He was ordained an apostle on October 8, 1953 after the death of Albert E. Bowen.

He died on November 1, 1971, aged 65, and was succeeded by Marvin J. Ashton.

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