12 Times US Presidents Spoke in the Tabernacle

4. Woodrow Wilson

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Photo from When the White House Comes to Zioncourtesy of Ronald L. Fox

When President Woodrow Wilson arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1919, he was not feeling well and canceled all of his scheduled appointments except—for his Tabernacle speech and a meeting with Relief Society President Emmeline B. Wells, who had helped coordinate the government’s purchase of 200,000 bushels of wheat from the Relief Society during World War I. He would suffer a stroke less than one month later.

President Woodrow Wilson’s speech in the Tabernacle was an attempt to gain the support of the American people for the League of Nations—part of the peace treaty organized at the end of WWI. One notable quote that likely particularly resonated with the Latter-day Saints spoke of moral obligations:

“There is no force to oblige the United States to do anything except moral force. Is any man, any proud American, afraid that the United States will resist the duress of duty? I am intensely conscious of the great conscience of this Nation. I see the inevitableness, as well as the dignity and the greatness, of such declarations as President Grant has made aligning all the great organized moral forces of the world on the same side. It is inconceivable they should be on different sides.”
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Jannalee Sandau

Jannalee started as an editorial intern at LDS Living in 2013 and loves that she still has the opportunity to write and share articles about Latter-day Saints every day. At work, Jannalee loves mining Church history for unique stories, and at home, if she isn't spending time with her sweetheart, Matthew, and her active little boy, you can probably find her scrapbooking or playing the piano.

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