60 years ago today - Jan 31, 1964

By the request of Lyndon B. Johnson, LDS president David O. McKay meets with the U.S. president in the White House. Johnson "said that sometimes he felt as he did when he was a little boy when he had more problems than he could handle and would go to his mother and put his head on ther breast and get a little sympathy. He mentioned that we have the Panama problem, the matter of the plane that was shot down over East Germany, VietNam, etc., and he said he felt the same way now that he did when he was a boy. After they went into the dining room, President Johnson turned to President McKay and said, 'I feel that the spiritual and moral fiber of this country need strengthening, and we need it badly. I would like to ask you, Presidency McKay, if you can tell me how we can get it.' He said, 'I have been out to see you [in Utah] on two or three occasions before and each time I left you I came away inspired and I feel I would like to have your advice on this.'"

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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