Natalie Cole and David McCullough speak about the Choir and their time in Salt Lake

Singer and songwriter Natalie Cole and acclaimed author and historian David McCullough appeared with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in its Sunday morning broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word" on Dec. 13.

In a mini-concert after the broadcast, Miss Cole sang and did a presentation of "The Christmas Story," as recorded in the second chapter of Luke.

Mr. McCullough presented a reading, "American Christmas Memories," which he had presented also during the three concerts.

President Thomas S. Monson, who was in the audience, joined the guests on stage after the mini-concert. He told them that the five most important words in the English language are, "I am proud of you." The two most important words, he said, are "Thank you."

Looking at Miss Cole and Mr. McCullough, President Monson said, "We are proud of you. Thank you."

The two guests made impromptu remarks in response.

Miss Cole said, "I've never deeply as moved as I have been since I arrived here in Salt Lake City."

Referring to a visit to his office a few days earlier during which time she was presented a copy of her family history, she said, "President Monson, meeting you moved me to no end. The presentation of the genealogy was more than I could take. Your church and your people are beautiful people and I am so glad to know that we share the same faith, the same heart. All your hearts are so good. I [could] feel it every day, as I would wake up, that this is my city. Thank you for your hospitality, your love. …I hope to see you soon. God bless."

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