Church Leaders Meet with President Obama during His Utah Visit

Contributed By MormonNewsroom.org

  • 3 April 2015

President Barack Obama meets with LDS leaders President Henry B. Eyring, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and Elder L. Tom Perry after arriving at the Sheraton Hotel Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  © Photo courtesy of Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News. All rights reserved.

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Presidents Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elders L. Tom Perry and D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles late Thursday evening, April 2, in Salt Lake City.

During the 20-minute visit a number of topics were discussed, including families, immigration, humanitarian aid, and religious freedom and nondiscrimination. The Church leaders expressed their appreciation to President Obama for the example he and his wife provide through their healthy marriage and family life. The president expressed appreciation for the Church’s leadership role on resolving the issues of religious freedom and nondiscrimination, as well as the Church’s worldwide humanitarian aid efforts.

Church President Thomas S. Monson was not able to participate in the meeting. Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said, “President Monson remembers fondly his visit to the White House to present President Obama with his personal family history in 2009. Because of the need to preserve his strength for this weekend’s general conference, it was felt that the logistics of meeting away from Church offices, with the walking and the waiting periods associated with a presidential visit, would regrettably not be conducive to President Monson’s participation.”

President Barack Obama meets with LDS leaders President Henry B. Eyring, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and Elder L. Tom Perry after arriving at the Sheraton Hotel Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. © Photo courtesy of Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News. All rights reserved.