President Lincoln: Friend of Latter-day Saints

The following article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 1972 issue of Pioneer Magazine.

Throughout the many years since President ’s Administration,(1860-1865) Latter-day Saints have been unanimous in their devotion to his memory and in their praise of him as President and as a person. Numerous articles in his honor have appeared in church magazines and newspapers, and he has been quoted and referred to repeatedly in sermons and lessons for the examples he set. Perhaps the most stirring tribute paid him by church officials was penned by L.D.S. President Heber J. Grant who wrote,

“We honor Abraham Lincoln because we believe absolutely that God honored him and raised him to be the instrument in His hands of saving the Constitution and the Union.”

To these examples could be added many others to show that Lincoln is greatly loved and honored by the Latter-day Saints. This man, who befriended them at the time of his ascendency to the office of President of the United States, was magnanimous enough during the most severe period in this nation’s history to extend to the Mormon people the hand of tolerance and the kind of treatment which won for him their undying respect, gratitude and honor.

—Utah Historical Quarterly

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