Abraham Lincoln's political career led to frequent association with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although he isn't often thought of as a consistent friend of the church, the final years of Lincoln's life did help foster a positive memory for many Mormons.

Michael K. Winder, who recently authored a new book, "Presidents and Prophets" (Covenant Communications, 2007), said Lincoln's towering character and enduring example continue to reverberate through the church today.

Winder presented a paper, "Abraham Lincoln and the Mormons," during a lecture at the Salt Lake City Library on Sept. 12, as part of the 56th annual Utah State History Conference.

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