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I’m sure you’ve seen many reports about this, but President Uchtdorf and Elder Ballard represented the Church at the Inauguration of Barack Obama. They stayed over, and were there for the National Prayer Service as well. The Church Newsroom posted a couple of pictures, and the Deseret News covered it as well:
- LDS Newsroom – Church Leaders Attend President Obama’s Inauguration
- LDS leaders inspired by inaugural
- LDS Newsroom – Latter-day Saint Leaders Attend National Prayer Service
President Uchtdorf was very kind in his comments:
It was inspiring to be an eyewitness to this peaceful, impressive, transfer of power and the swearing-in of the first African American president. We pray for President Barack Obama’s success in these challenging times and join in his expressions of hope and optimism.
It was interesting seeing the nice picture of President Uchtdorf and Elder Ballard. Here were two Apostles of the Lord, standing in a crowd of over a million people. Probably very few knew who they were, and even fewer knew of their authority and calling.
I was going to post something else today, but since it is Inauguration Day, I figured this was more timely. Last Friday the LDS Newsroom released information about their representation at a couple of inaugural events. Here is the entire release:
SALT LAKE CITY 16 January 2009 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be represented at inaugural events for President-elect Barack Obama by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, and Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
The two leaders, who have been asked to represent the Church by Church President Thomas S. Monson, are scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and the National Prayer Service at Washington’s National Cathedral on January 21.
“It is always an honor for the Church to be represented at the inauguration of a new president,” said President Monson. “We send our best wishes to President-elect Obama and pray for the blessings of a loving Father in Heaven to be upon him and his administration.”
I know the events of today will be big news in the United States. I guess here in Canada people are excited, too, as it is expected that Canada-US relations will improve. I’m at work all day, so I’ll read a few things online, but I won’t be watching Obama take the Oath of Office.