SALT LAKE CITY -- During his first visit to Utah as President of the United States, Barack Obama met with leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to discuss issues facing the country and the church.
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 in Salt Lake City.
During the 20 minute meeting, the group discussed topics, including families, immigration, humanitarian aid and religious freedom and non-discrimination.
According to the LDS Church, the church leaders expressed appreciation to the president for the example he and Michelle Obama provide of a healthy marriage and family life. The President also expressed appreciation for the Church leadership's role in working toward resolutions on the issues of religious freedom and non-discrimination as well as the church’s worldwide humanitarian aid efforts.
LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson was unable to attend the meeting.
"President Monson remembers fondly his visit to the White House to present President Obama with his personal family history in 2009," said Church spokesman Eric Hawkins. "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."
Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Hill Air Force Base about clean-energy jobs. After that speech, he will meet with a group of officials at the base, including Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, to discuss clean energy.
Air Force One touched down at the northern Utah base at 8:10 p.m. Thursday after a stop in Louisville, Kentucky.
Obama's last visit to Utah was a brief stop in Park City while he was a presidential candidate in 2007.