Mormon apostles, major Utah figures to attend Trump inauguration

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  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2017 9:26 p.m.

    GaryO, the Bruce Springsteen cover band canceled their performance.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    Wastintime: "Huh? Do you seriously believe that the choir, if asked, would attend Robert Mugabe's next inauguration?"

    Yes, I really believe they would.

  • Stenar Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2017 9:02 p.m.

    Mormons can't get enough of Trump.

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 15, 2017 4:48 p.m.

    "the choir always goes when invited"

    Huh? Do you seriously believe that the choir, if asked, would attend Robert Mugabe's next inauguration?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 8:25 p.m.

    If you are LDS read the words in this article from your general authorities and apostles and contrast them to what you have been hearing from "other voices" of division over the past while. I feel safe in following the prophet and he is supporting our new president elect Donald J. Trump. Support doesn't mean 100% agreement but it does mean seeing the bigger picture of the United States and praying for the newly elected leader to lead this nation to spiritual and physical prosperity. The shrill polarizing voices of America's far left continue to seek division and failure in America and all to preserve what they see as their own power and financial future and to that end I say just ignore will never change. For reasonable American's whether they be Christian, Jew, Muslim, athesist, conservative, independent or liberal who want America to succeed again then let's join hands and embrace much together toward a pretty darn exciting new direction going forward. Already we see thosands of jobs returning to America and we are still a week away from inauguration. That is a welcome breath of fresh clean air!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 8:05 p.m.

    I wonder if Evan Mcmullin is going to join his spiritual leaders and chior at the inauguration?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 3:05 p.m.

    @John Locke
    "We need to get over the fact that Donald Trump won and cheer for the fact that we will receive worldwide attention for an inauguration which will be viewed by literally millions and millions. That is good. "

    Well... not really. You and I know that the choir always goes when invited. Does the world know that? If the world doesn't know the choir's history with the event they'll be more likely to see it as an endorsement of Trump. And Trump is not liked globally, with rare exception (Russia and Israel perhaps).

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Jan. 14, 2017 1:39 p.m.

    "Mormon apostles, major Utah figures to attend Trump inauguration"

    Yeah . . . And not only that. But the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform . . . Along with the Rockettes . . . And a Bruce Springsteen cover band, the B Street Band.

    Of course, Springsteen himself said no. Bruce Springsteen is a good guy and a decent American. The E Street Band, the real deal, REFUSES to play for Trump.

    Did you get that? . . . The real band REFUSES to assoiciate with Trump. Instead, a cover band PRETENDING to be Springsteen and the E Street Band is playing at the inauguration of the Putin puppet, the ILLEGITIMATE President-elect of the United States.

    . . . Sounds fitting, doesn't it?

    Others just said no as well. Garth Brooks said no . . . As did Elton John, Celine Dion, and Kiss.

    You know, it's not too late for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to back out.

    WHY would they even want to be associated with our future illegitimate President. A significant portion of the country already thinks Mormonism is an illegitimate religion. Associating with the decidedly illegitimate President-elect will only add fuel to that fire.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 11:25 a.m.

    "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir previously performed at the official swearing-in ceremonies for Lyndon Johnson in 1965, an invitation President McKay called "the greatest single honor that has come to the Tabernacle Choir," and Richard Nixon in 1969".

    "The choir performed during inaugural parades for George W. Bush (2001), George H. W. Bush (1989) and Ronald Reagan (1981) and at a devotional service as part of Nixon's second inauguration (1973)".

    The Choir does not show up at Presidential Inaugurations without having been invited. As you can see form the above, the last invitation they received fro a Democrat President, was Lyndon Johnson...since that time, as part of a parade, for Republicans. The Choir will be in full view of the world, OUR purpose for which is missionary work, not supporting a President or a political party, as the article states. Church first, State or worldly things second. We need to get over the fact that Donald Trump won and cheer for the fact that we will receive worldwide attention for an inauguration which will be viewed by literally millions and millions. That is good. Cheer for that.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 10:51 a.m.

    @Aussie Teacher:
    "Also, do you honestly think that the Saviour would attend this and show support for this terrible excuse of a human being"

    Who, exactly, do you think the Savior spent His time with? I agree Trump is not a good human being, but the Savior's example shows us that is EXACTLY who we should spend more time with and pray for.

    And enough with "showing support" many times must we repeat the same thing? This is NOT support for Trump, it's support for AMERICA, our nation, and the institution of government whether it be Democrat or Republican. The church would have sent representatives if HRC had won as well. Do you honestly think she's an upstanding woman with high moral values? And if so, would the "Saviour support" her? Yes, He would. But according to you, apparently He wouldn't spend time with sinners or those who need support so neither should church leaders.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 8:49 a.m.

    "The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught. For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the RIGHT hand nor to the LEFT, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round...Remember, that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men;" D&C 3:1-3

    THAT is the LDS Church's official position.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 4:22 a.m.

    Excellent. I hope all who attend have a lovely time. What a great country! emb

  • Aussie Teacher WESTON, VT
    Jan. 14, 2017 3:26 a.m.

    I ma appalled that the church is sending two members of the 12 to validate a person who has made disgusting remarks about females, attacked Latinos (and remember that there are more Mormons in Latin American than on the USA. Also the church is supposed to be world wide, yet the Utah elite seem to discount the fact that many non-American Mormon are disgusted with Trump(ski) and believe that there is no way that these two will be representing THEM. Also, do you honestly think that the Saviour would attend this and show support for this terrible excuse of a human being. I hope they don't take their female relatives with them because the whole world knows what Trump(ski)thinks that he can do with the ladies of the world.

    Jan. 13, 2017 11:01 p.m.

    UtahTroutStalker: If you read through the article twice, you missed it twice. Fourth paragraph from the bottom:

    "In 2013, President Monson assigned the late Elder L. Tom Perry and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Twelve to go to Obama's second inaugural. In 2009, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve attended Obama's first inaugural."

    Right there, guys, in black and white.

  • windsor City, Ut
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:59 p.m.

    UtahTroutStalker said "I read through the article twice trying to find where the LDS church sent two apostles or other high ranking officials to President Obama's inauguration....If the LDS church considers this a non-partisan event, and not necessarily an endorsement of a particular candidate or political party then why did they not participate in attending Obama's inauguration?I think that is rather telling. You see it is one thing to say something and it is another to live it. "

    Ahh Trout, you're just telling on yourself here--trying to get some nubbies all riled up against the Church--when everybody knows the Church sent President Uchtdorf and Elder Ballard the first time around for Obama and Elders Perry and Cook the second time.

    Just disingenuous to be so snarky and critical of the Church when it is YOU who don't know your facts.

  • roseparkT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:06 p.m.

    As a fellow member of the LDS faith and one who voted for Trump, I am very happy to hear of the brethren sending out representatives of the faith for the inauguration.

  • B ob Richmond, CA
    Jan. 13, 2017 6:21 p.m.

    Representatives of the church are just that - they represent the church not necessarily support the man who is taking the oath or a political party. As far as most American Mormons being Republican, it has much more to do with keeping the federal government away from individual/state rights than social issues, which are all rather modern. We have a history of being wary of the feds. The feds were not there when we needed them in NY, OH, MO, and IL but certainly showed up when they needed us or thought they needed to keep us from becoming a threat in UT.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 6:17 p.m.

    "Tell me again how I am sippose to conclude anything other than this chirch supports the policies espoused by this person?"

    "I read through the article twice trying to find where the LDS church sent two apostles or other high ranking officials to President Obama's inauguration. I did not see any mention of that.

    If the LDS church considers this a non-partisan event, and not necessarily an endorsement of a particular candidate or political party then why did they not participate in attending Obama's inauguration?

    I think that is rather telling. You see it is one thing to say something and it is another to live it."

    Consider this from the article:

    "In a news release Friday, the church confirmed the apostles' trip to Washington, D.C., which will continue a 144-year church custom of sending representatives to inaugurations for presidents of both parties"

    What is rather telling is the unwillingness to do any research before throwing out accusations.

  • Uteofferouus Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 4:22 p.m.

    Donald Trump is a different kind of a president and the liberals are beside themselves and sore afraid. Well, all I can say is that sometimes it is needful for some balance to be brought to the "force" and Donald brings some badly needed balance. President Obama shifted the balance of the racial and moral curve in the wrong direction and disdained average and diverse Americans in favor of the "identity groups". Now it is time for a conservative supreme court justice and for policies that bring more balance to the first amendment and religious freedoms. I know a lot of people that voted for Mr. Trump here in Utah and we are anxiously awaiting for him to stand up to the liberal agenda and bring fresh new support for everyone's rights and freedoms. I really think he will do a lot to "make America great again" as it lost much of that during the last 8 years. Welcome Mr. President - please come visit Utah soon!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 2:27 p.m.

    *shrugs* They normally send a couple of them to these things so it's not like they're doing something new.

    If they start making exceptions then it'd just turn into even more of a mess (just with different people complaining).

  • Anti Bush-Obama Chihuahua, 00
    Jan. 13, 2017 2:17 p.m.

    LDS Liberal

    The church has had representatives at every inaguration for a long time. Cable news has sure done an effective job at turning liberals into radicalized war mongering globalists I see.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 2:04 p.m.

    Good for the Brethren, supporting our new President. That's the way it should be. Instead of protesting and being obstructionist, we should be praying that the Almighty will inspire our new President and protect out nation from its enemies foreign and domestic.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    Did we send high ranking LDS Church leaders to Vladimir Putin inauguration?

    Just asking...

  • rubbergoose bountiful davis, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    Here is the LDS position on illegal immigration..."The Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.

    In furtherance of needed immigration reform in the United States, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supports a balanced and civil approach to a challenging problem, fully consistent with its tradition of compassion, its reverence for family, and its commitment to law." Trump wants to vet immigrants from terrorist countries and build a wall to protect our borders. Their might be some expelling illegal immigrants. The LDS church has in no way taken a position against any of Trumps immigration or other official policies. Any interpretation otherwise is fallacious.

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    Jan. 13, 2017 1:09 p.m.

    After everything the PEOTUS has said about Utah and Utahans and it's predominant faith, including the honorable Mitt Romney, it sort of seems like pandering. But if it is tradition, and they have studied scripture and prayed about it and this is the answer they got. Vaya con Dios. Maybe since there is a parade they can rent some white horses for the Apostles to ride in on.

  • ConservativeUtahisBest Murray, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:52 p.m.


    If you did some research you would find that the LDS church did send representatives to Pres. Obama's inauguration as they have done with every president's inauguration. The Salt Lake Tribune has an article back in Jan. 2013 of the LDS church sending people the the inauguration.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:48 p.m.

    The author of the article should have done the research and included the names of official Church representatives that attended inaugurations in 2009 and 2013. But, if you do the internet research (like me), you will find that it was Uchtdorf and Ballard in 2009, and Perry and Cook in 2013.

    Jan. 13, 2017 12:46 p.m.

    I think it is very appropriate to have two brethren and the choir attend the inauguration. I didn't see that they went to Obama's--but I am sure it was not because they would not have gone if asked.
    For those puzzled by the majority of Utahns supporting Republicans, you need look no further than the Democrats' position on abortion and same-sex marriage. Those two issues alone can disqualify your party from most moral religions and people.

  • Rumoris Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:22 p.m.


    So tell us, where are the ovens being built? Do we have any gas chambers under construction?

    You see everything as fascism, so things that are not, will look as though they are in your world view.

    The problem you have to explain away is how are these moves actually amounting to anything sinister within our society. Just because a fascist holds office, doesn't mean he is going to be able to enact policies that will result in a fascist government. That will actually take military force, and the military is made up of many different people with strong opinions on government, and politics. Fascism like Nazi Germany will never happen in the U.S. you'd not only have a revolt from the left, but millions of center right people would also revolt against it.

    Go ahead, and explain.

  • basketcase ASHLAND, MA
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:07 p.m.

    Joseph Smith said, “The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single
    thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.”

    Maybe they have seen the writing on the wall and want to get a jump on things?

  • UtahTroutStalker draper, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:02 p.m.

    I read through the article twice trying to find where the LDS church sent two apostles or other high ranking officials to President Obama's inauguration. I did not see any mention of that.

    If the LDS church considers this a non-partisan event, and not necessarily an endorsement of a particular candidate or political party then why did they not participate in attending Obama's inauguration?

    I think that is rather telling. You see it is one thing to say something and it is another to live it.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 12:01 p.m.

    @Creeper51 "Explain your master thesis."

    There is not enough room here. But consider some classic Polanyi. This should give you a feel for his analysis.

    "In England and the United States fascism was allied with appeasement; in Austria it co-operated with sundry Catholic pacifists...Huey Long needed no border conflict with Mississippi or Texas to launch his fascist movement from Baton Rouge. Similar movements in Holland and Norway were nonnationalist to the point of treason...In its struggle for political power fascism is entirely free to disregard or to use local issues, at will. Its aim transcends the political and economic framework: it is social. It puts a political religion into the service of a degenerative process."

    Fascist "moves" have happened everywhere from "Lithuania to Louisiana." Often they do not take hold, but sometimes they do, becoming outright movements. Fascism is a religion. We can see it and hear it from Trump supporters. The leader cannot be questioned - ever!

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:49 a.m.

    @Open Minded.
    Perhaps you are right and the LDS Church leadership is cowering in a corner in fear of the new president.

    After all, the Church already publically and officially denounced Candidate Trump's statements on Muslim immigration, and the Church-owned newspaper declared Trump unfit to be president.

    Trump's response? He says he likes Mormons, and even invites the Tabernacle Choir to his inauguration. Then, he flirts with naming Mitt Romney Secretary of State. Currently, I can't see a whole lot of animosity. And, the Church has not retracted its official criticism of Trump's immigration stance, and the DNews did not retract its editorial regarding Trump's unfitness to be president.

  • rubbergoose bountiful davis, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:37 a.m.

    Our political and other institutions are beginning to crumble but the Restored Church will not. Mainstream media has turned into Newspeak of the Book 1984. A dossier so outrageous even the New York Times would not print is being published as fact by CNN and MSBC. Many people and forces despise President Elect Trump. He is a better person than his opponent, the current president and 90 percent of the people in mainstream media.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:36 a.m.

    I appreciate your viewpoint.

    But, I think your concern is why down-ballot voting is so important.

    Schumer, Leahy, Durbin, Pelosi, Sanders and many other Democrats are going to keep a very close eye on Trump and his team for any hint of improper behavior. But, beyond them, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and many other Republicans in Congress are not going to simply be rubber stamps for Mr. Trump.

    The Constitution, and people in Congress and on the Supreme Court that are willing to defend it, are what makes America very different from 1930s Germany. So, while you may be right about Mr. Trump's fascist tendencies, take heart.

    The neat thing is that the Founders clearly recognized that there might come a time when the person elected president was not as virtuous as George Washington. And, they placed mechanisms in the Constitution to deal with just such a situation.

  • Cheesecake Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    The right is _________ (insert negative adjective)
    The left is _________ (insert negative adjective)

    How does that make you feel? Not so good, right? Why do so many try to divide us into two political orientations. They create what's known as a false dichotomy--this or that. This sort of language and thinking weakens our communities by pitting neighbor against neighbor, and causes nothing but tension for everyone. I for one am sick of it.

    Many of us are moderate with mixed political views, depending on the issue. Many of us voted for candidates because of who they are, not because of the party they affiliate with. Country above party.

    Anyone with two wits about them realizes Donald Trump is dangerous. That's not to say the other major candidate was not dangerous, but she lost, so Trump is all that matters now.

    Glad the church will have representation at the inauguration. I suspect they understand that we need to support the processes that enable our democratic republic to operate, even if those in office may be less than qualified to be there.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:24 a.m.

    Based on what we are all witnessing now with the next President --

    So long as the LDS Church plays nice with Donald Trump,
    and never says anything negative about him,
    or never get under his paper thin egotistical skin for whatever reason,
    we have no need to fear being threatened or attacked by him or his thugs.

    We live in a "Free" country you don't you know - or at least that's what we've been told....

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:22 a.m.


    I'll admit I typed out non-partisan when I meant partisan.

    Are you happy?

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:20 a.m.


    You are so invested in finding fascism, that you literally see it everywhere. Besides that do you know how many more fascist moves have to he made before the ovens get turned on in this country?

    Germany didn't just decide, when Hitler came to power to be fascists. It was a twenty year build up to that point, and then the war came.

    How is Trump going to instill these fascist values you think he has, into one of the largest, and most diverse nations in the world? Especially when our system of government is built to stop that advancement, through obstruction?

    Explain your master thesis.

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:15 a.m.


    You have literally no evidence of any wrong doing, or illegality by Trump to win the election. Your credibility has long been shot, and the fact that you continue to fall for the fake news that constitutes our MSM is very telling of how partisan you are. Can I get a #Goldenshowergate? CNN out to lose all its licenses, and fade away into the night.

    Clearly you know my history, I've advocated that everybody get behind Trump since he was elected. I've advocated for skepticism, and logic, not hyperbole, or outrage.

    I wish somebody else would have grab America's attention from the Repubs, but the MSM wouldn't ignore Trump, due to the fact he makes them money through ad revenue. If they would have done their jobs correctly the Republicans would have had support for other candidates to choose. However they couldn't leave him alone, and America saw something different in him than all the other candidates.

    Your social capital has been spent, and now society is calling in the liberal parties debt. Pay up, get in line with the country, come back down to earth, and try again next election cycle.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:07 a.m.

    @Vermonter "So, I don't think there would ever be a person elected president that would be so evil that I could not attend their inauguration where they voluntarily promise (however imperfect they are) to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

    I look at this with different eyes because of my background. I daresay I am a student of fascism. I know what to look for. Most do not understand fascism and what the anthropologist Polanyi called "fascist moves."

    I firmly believe, based on his behavior, that Donald Trump at the very least represents a fascist move in the United States. That's why I blanch at his receiving any legitimacy. I fear (I desperately hope I'm wrong) we are seeing the end of constitutional government and the rise of a Pinochet style dictatorship.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    So, Hillary got 28%, the same as Misty Snow.
    Evan got 22-ish. If you take him out of the equation you get the typical red state pattern for Utah.

  • BlueMoonOden Wilmette, IL
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    As I have said several times, Support and respect the office. Presidents and elected officials come and go. America has survived since the constitution was written. At every election there are always angry people whose candidate did not win.I just find it unfortunate people who are attending the inauguration are being vilified for honoring our countries highest office.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2017 11:03 a.m.

    As an old liberal and an LDS I support this action by the Church. Perfectly appropriate for the well-being of our nation for the apostles to be present at the swearing in.

    Let Mr. Trump swear to the Almighty in the presence of the Lord's prophets that he will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution .

    I expect him to break that oath ten times a day. (King Saul did it once, and we know what happened to him.) So it will be all to the good to have special witnesses of that oath.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:57 a.m.

    To Iron Rod:

    re: "Personally I am disappointed that the majority of people in this State voted for him..."

    Uh, the majority of people in Utah did NOT vote for Trump. Only 45% did. He is the first republican president in at least a very long time who did not get a majority of the votes in the state of Utah.

    Jan. 13, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    The church leadership, it's organizations and members should get used to not wining. If they go they are turning their back on their morals and values and supporting a vial person. If they don't go they are intolerant, self righteous, religious zealots that won't be seen with sinners. You can't please everybody but our society and culture is getting to a point where you please anybody.

  • JkeithC Richland, WA
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    There are so many pompous and self-serving statements in the comments. We should support the president. We had two choices. One was bad the other worst. We did the best we could. We chose bad. He will be so much better than the other would have been. But no matter who is in the presidency what really matters is how we treat each othe, how we treat our families, and how we choose to live our lives. It will little matter in the end which President we elect. But I have to say I am delighted. It could have been worse.

  • BAKA Lindon, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    Jesus was often criticized for associating with "sinners". Jesus did so, so he could reach out to them, teach and influence them, encourage/invite them to change (repent). I remember as a young political science student I was angry when President Richard Nixon began diplomatic and trade relations with communist China in 1974 until I heard President of the Church Spencer W. Kimball state his hopes that the church would be able to begin sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of China. I have noticed that LDS church leaders visit each President of the United States and have very private conversations with them. I suspect that church leaders encourage each president to do want is moral, good and right for the citizens of our nation. You wait and see. The church leaders will eventually visit "President" Trump and encourage him to do what is good and right. The church leaders won't get that opportunity, however, if they make an enemy out of Trump.

  • Paul Hoffman Lake Forest, CA
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:48 a.m.

    Get over it already. The Church is doing what it has always done for all US Presidents. They are doing what Christ would do if He were there. They are not making any kind of political statement, but only a statement of support for the Constitution and the peaceful transition of power. We should all do the same. At least I'm not afraid to publish this comment under my true name. Those who are critical, please stop making untrue comments unless you are willing to post your true identity.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:40 a.m.

    All you libs are getting your underwear in a great big knot. Get over yourselves.

    The Church has been sending representatives to inaugurations for years. So what? They can send the whole First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve if they want. So what?

    What does it prove? It proves nothing. All you people need to carefully read Luke 5, paying particular attention to Verses 30-32.

    I could be offended that some of them went to Obama's inauguration, but I choose not to really care because I know it wasn't an endorsement of his socialist policies.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:09 a.m.

    It's just mind boggling to read the reaction by people who supposedly are good, active church members that are criticizing the Church, the Brethren, the Tabernacle Choir, and everyone else who is attending the event. These same critics are always the first to tell the Church how and where to spend their money, what the brethren "ought to be doing", and what the doctrine should be instead of what it is, what they are directed and inspired to do, and for what causes or programs they fund. Truly we are living in the "last days" and when the house-cleaning occurs at the Second Coming, it will be interesting indeed. "Great and dreadful" will be apt descriptions. I hope it comes sooner rather than later.

  • CommonSenseIdaho Teton, ID
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:09 a.m.

    I may have missed it, but it appears that President Obama's proper title was not used in his first reference in this article. I'm sure it was an oversight either on my part or the part of the DN staff.

  • BPositive South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:08 a.m.

    Love it!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 10:05 a.m.

    OK, you can go...but I'd better not see you enjoying yourselves.

    And that goes for the Choir, too.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Under normal circumstances, this news item would get nominal attention. What makes it odd this time around is Trump himself who late in the campaign was urged to drop out of the race by the Church-owned Deseret News in an editorial that broke with a long tradition of non-involvement in a Presidential race.

    No previous President in history has entered office amid such a swirl of controversy about him personally. The press and the country at large are apprehensive and don’t know how else to adapt other than to try to normalize a most abnormal situation.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:50 a.m.

    We have elected a president with a shadowy relationship with the truth. He's cratered the intelligence community, the very people who risk their lives to protect us.

    Sure Mormon church leaders, charter a plane and line up to honor this man and all the potential conflicts he represents. When you do, you'll be taking "faith" to an unpalatable, extreme level.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:41 a.m.

    Somehow I missed the news that Mormon conservatives were concerned that President Uchtdorf, and Elders Perry, Ballard and Cook attending Obama's Inaugurations meant that they all were Obama supporters.

    At what point is another human being so depraved that we must avoid any contact with that person, even simple courtesy, at a public event? As a Mormon myself, I believe that the Church teaches that we all have an opportunity (and need) for repentance and that all children of God are worthy of simple courtesy and respect as a human being.

    So, I don't think there would ever be a person elected president that would be so evil that I could not attend their inauguration where they voluntarily promise (however imperfect they are) to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

  • The Meliorist Grande Cache, 00
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    As the Church states;

    "Its primary purpose is for the president-elect to take the constitutionally required oath of office, and for the people by witnessing it to bind him to that oath."

    Nowhere did I read that the Church is celebrating Donald Trump's election. The Church response is well put. And so our duty now becomes to bind Trump to the oath of office. Not sit on forums bashing Hillary Clinton and justifying Trump's actions with, "Well at least ...." statements.

    The constitution demands freedom of the press. Freedom of religion. Equality. Justice without discrimination. So let's do what the Church is doing and working to bind the next President to the oath of office he will take. Small 'c' conservatives (true conservatives) everywhere will demand nothing less.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    The Church is right to send representatives, the Church needs to maintain a presence in order to remain in future discussions with whatever administration is in office. This has nothing to do with supporting Trump as a person but everything to do with supporting the President of our country.

    @antodav - declaring that all things are partisan merely shows a lack of commitment to non-partisan cooperation.

    I did not vote for Trump, I could not vote for him based on my morals. But I now need to support him, I need him to succeed over at least the next 4 years. Regardless his values we all need him to succeed.

  • Mack2828 Ft Thomas, KY
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:25 a.m.

    Bravo to these two church leaders for rising above the rancor of partisan politics and doing the right thing. Donald Trump is a good man and, with all of us on both sides of the isle pitching in to do our part, he will make America great again.

  • John Wilson Idaho Falls, 00
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:20 a.m.

    The Apostles attended Obama's, and they would have attended Clinton's, had she won. Apostles attending these events is just part for the course. How quickly so many have forgotten we had two incredibly flawed candidates. One of the two won. Just celebrate the peaceful transition of power. That is all the Apostles and the MTC are doing.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:20 a.m.

    I wonder if there would ever be a reason church officials wouldn't attend a presidential inauguaration? Maybe if the president-elect had campaigned against religious freedom? Would there be other reasons?

    I think I would just call in sick......

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    Another reason for questioning the delegation is Trump's calling for the registration of all members of a religion. Such is unconstitutional!

  • disowned117 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 9:02 a.m.

    Why do people have to throw around labels such as 'liberals' and such? We are all Americans. I do not affiliate myself with either party and can see how despicable this President Elect is. The released dossier has been in circulation since last year but our President Obama had enough integrity not to say anything, something that this President Elect lacks. I too am disappointed in the LDS community.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:39 a.m.

    @ Creeper51, what in the world are you talking about? "Only the liberals have decided this event is non-partisan." So this is supposed to be a partisan event and the country should not unify? I think you missed the point made by "antodav." And if you aren't happy with the whole Russian-Putin issue, I think you have only Trump to blame. Everything that is being discussed goes to his comments, his actions, his reactions, etc. I think it is highly appropriate to look into it. Many Republicans who actually love America over any one individual agree with me on this. Did you buy into Trump's rhetoric that only he could save America? Have you bothered to think about that and its implications? Instead of whining about negative things said about Trump (and remember the abuse Obama took, with which I'm sure you approved), focus on facts.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    Kudos to the Apostles for showing a positive and patriotic attitude toward this important ceremony in our nation's history. Another action that speaks well for the Church. A lot of people may not like President Trump - a lot of people don't like President Obama either (including me) but I would accord him and his office due respect in a effort to be a good citizen and elevate the negativity into positive territory. All you cynics and holy-than-thou folks are going to get an ulcer if your not careful.

  • TMR Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    There is a difference between attending the inauguration and performing in the inauguration. A religious or political official can and should attend the inauguration as a matter of state or civic duty. Performing in the inaugeration, however, is a personal act that celebrates the transfer of power on a different level. I appreciate those who have decline the invite to perform, including one brave Mormon tab choir member, as a reaffirmation that decency, virtue, and civility matter - whether you are the president or a common citizen.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:29 a.m.

    The only reason attendance at the inaugural raises questions is Trump's behavior. Do I need to describe this? I guess so, as the Republican establishment of this state seems oblivious. First and foremost is Trump's practice of the BIG LIE. His birther lie was brutally unfair to Obama and those who voted for him, and was (and is!) fascist like. Trump's calling for physical violence against protesters - fascist like. His belittling of women - fascist like. His general vituperation - fascist like. His inability to deal with ANY criticism - fascist like. And don't forget his refusal to take questions from new organizations who do not support him - fascist like and how!

    Another reason for questioning the Utah delegation is the ongoing silence of this newspaper editorially on these problems. The Deseret News has gone editorially mute on these questions when other newspapers are actively considering them. Why?

  • Lionheart2017 Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 8:07 a.m.

    So why is this newsworthy again? They have done it every year. Its not even the President going (which it has been some years). So what's the "story" exactly? Its kind of like a news article titled, "In a shocking turn of events, there was traffic during rush hour!"

    Moving on.

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:40 a.m.

    Tell me again how I am sippose to conclude anything other than this chirch supports the policies espoused by this person?

    Actions really are important.

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:38 a.m.


    Only the liberals have decided this event is non-partisan. The lying of the MSM, the effort to undermine the lawful election of Trump, and all the race baiting that has gone on, has only come from the left.

    So if you mean non-partisan as the liberals throwing their fit, then I agree. If not well you've detached yourself from reality.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:22 a.m.

    Personally I am disappointed that the majority of people in this State voted for him, The Tabernacle Choir will be traveling to Washington to perform and two apostles from our church will be attending his inauguration. I wonder if they did not go they would be on the enemies list? Now Trump would not have an enemies list would he??

  • Mr. Investigator South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:03 a.m.

    As the Episcopal National Cathedral will be the host of the religious side of inauguration events, as it has for the past 20 plus inaugurations, I think its good for all religions to gather together and pray for our new President (like him or not) and our country and the world.

  • General Mormon Farmington, UT
    Jan. 13, 2017 7:03 a.m.

    Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson



    Oh well,
    at least none of the 1st Presidency is attending...

    BTW -- I did like the line about "witnessing", and sending at least 2 witnesses that Trump will indeed protect and defend the "CONSTITUTION, So help me God!"

    Accountability to that is what I will be watching - daily.

  • antodav Tampa, FL
    Jan. 13, 2017 6:16 a.m.

    "…LDS leaders consider the event itself non-partisan."

    They would seem to be alone in that opinion. Unfortunately there is nothing that's "non-partisan" anymore in our society.