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12 Times U.S. Presidents Spoke in the Tabernacle


10. Lyndon B. Johnson

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Photo from When the White House Comes to Zion, courtesy of Ronald L. Fox

October 29, 1964

President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was sworn in as President in 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, made a stop in Salt Lake City while campaigning for the upcoming election. In his address, President Johnson talked about a “heartening response” from the Soviet Union towards peace. A few quotes that probably resonated particularly with the Latter-day Saints included a reference to "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet":

“I believe that we are entering a new era in the affairs of man. I am certain that we and the world really have two directions that we can go.
“We can, in the words of one of your old hymns, commit our efforts to moving ‘on to eternal perfection.’ Or we can, in folly and foolhardiness, allow the world to move recklessly toward eternal damnation.
“For whatever may unfold, you and I are cast in very decisive roles. This generation of Americans, more than any other, will decide by our example and our enterprise whether change shall serve creative or destructive purposes for humankind.”

He then later affirmed that:

“We are all God's children, and the true morality of private life is the true morality of a free society: the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
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