President Lyndon B. Johnson (right center) is shown speaking with LDS Church President David O. McKay during a visit to Utah.
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Lyndon B. Johnson’s relationship with Utah proved to be rather strong.

Having visited the state five times before he was president, LBJ also saw Utah in September 1964, when he visited President David O. McKay of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

As Deseret News reported, Johnson and McKay, who was 91, spent 30 minutes talking before LBJ invited the LDS president to his inauguration ceremony in January. This wasn’t the first time these two had spoken. According to the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, McKay and LBJ set up meetings between themselves.

“Anyone you bring is welcome,” Johnson said when he invited McKay to the White House. He said McKay could provide him “strength.”

In fact, LBJ and McKay had such a strong bond that the president would often call McKay and invite him to Washington, D.C., whenever he needed personal counsel, according to LDS.org.

McKay would tell LBJ, “Let your conscience be your guide. Let the people know that you are sincere, and they will follow you.”