Showing up in Cambridge in August of 1958 as a seventeen-year-old freshman, I held the office of Priest in the Church’s Aaronic Priesthood, as was customary. When called upon, I would administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in weekly worship and Sunday School services and would function as what we then called a Home Teacher, visiting member households with an assigned (then senior) companion. The companions I still remember from those early days were Ed Morrell, since a professor of political science at the Brigham Young University, and Brent Lambert, since the founding Stake President in Hingham, Massachusetts, and, for quite a while, Ernie Lowe. alt
Edwin Blackhurst Morrell
As a local boy and an adult convert, employed by the railroad, Ernie was something of a rarity in a congregation mostly comprised of academic transplants from the West, many with “Mormon” Pioneer heritage. It was my sad privilege to be listed among his honorary pallbearers, when that time came.

I think it was with him that I was briefly assigned to the third-floor walk-up bachelor apartment of Harvard graduate student Henry B (Hal) Eyring, who as I write this in 2019 serves as Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, under the current President and Prophet, Russell M Nelson.
Henry Bennion Eyring
I ran into President Eyring in the Bountiful Temple, recently (2019). Had I been there in the capacity of an ordinance worker, I would have obeyed strict instructions to respect his privacy and that of other senior Church officers, under such circumstances. As a fellow patron that day, however, I presumed to greet him, shake his hand, and remind him of those steep stairs on Sacramento Street. He was gracious, unassuming, and friendly, but pretended to no recollection of any passing interaction with a teenage fellow congregant, half a century ago.
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