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Question #92008 posted on 02/06/2019 6:46 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

LDS church leaders have presented to US presidents their family histories/genealogy. I know they have done this for Obama and possibly Clinton and Bush. Do you know if they will do it for Trump? Will the church MAGA? Thanks,

-Salty Dog

A:

Dear Bark Bark,

I can't say. When President Trump visited Salt Lake in 2017 the visit focused on giving the President a tour of Welfare Square. I think it depends on whether or not it would be of interest to Trump. It also depends on how many times church leaders meet with the President. Obama made one visit to Utah, but was also visited by church leaders in DC. George W. Bush visited Utah four times. Presenting genealogies to dignitaries has happened a lot lately and I know it's been done not just in the United States, but also in Argentina and other countries. So I think it's highly possible, but I wouldn't guarantee it.

To answer your question I certainly hope that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints contributes to the goodness of the United States. Obviously the church isn't going to be following the agenda of President Trump, and I personally think it's a little sad that the phrase "Make America Great Again" has become associated with some policies that I think will not make America great, but there are plenty of ways members of the church can help improve America. As disciples of Christ we should definitely be involved in our community and try to make things better for our fellow men and women.

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear salty,

Will the church make American great again? Well, according to President Ezra Taft Benson, "I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. It will be saved by the righteous citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church—among others—men and women who understand and abide the principles of the Constitution." So, um, yeah, looks like the church will MAGA.

-guppy of doom

posted on 02/06/2019 9:03 p.m.
I don't have an actual answer to the question, but I worked for the Family History Library last year (where they present the genealogies to the president.) While I was there, they mentioned that they presented VP Pence's genealogy to him recently. So the likelihood of them doing it for President Trump is high.

-Seeker of Dead People