12 Times US Presidents Spoke in the Tabernacle

10. Lyndon B. Johnson

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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 next election. In his address at the Tabernacle on October 29, 1964, 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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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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