Utah legislative leaders met Tuesday with representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to explain their position on the tax initiatives and to express concern over what they say are personal attacks on those who oppose the initiatives.

"We didn't go in and ask them for anything," said House Majority Leader Nolan Karras. "We didn't go in with any preconceived notions."Church leaders have reaffirmed their neutrality on the tax issues, saying the initiatives are not moral issues and therefore are beyond the purview of the church's political involvement.

Both sides viewed the meeting as an opportunity to ask questions and share viewpoints, Karras said, and both sides left the meeting satisfied with the healthy debate. "That was really the theme of the meeting, rather than to ask for help," he said.