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President Trump Tours LDS Church's Welfare Square

President Donald Trump points to his shopping cart during a tour of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Welfare Square food distribution center, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(KUTV)- A historic first as President Donald Trump becomes the first president to visit and tour The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Welfare Square.

President Trump made the stop at 800 South and 800 West in Salt Lake City late this morning.

He met with top church leadership which included Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

"This is very exciting for me. I know so many people that are in your church. The job you’ve done is beyond anything you can think of," Trump said.

The president took a quick tour of the facility which has a bakery, a cannery, a thrift store and a milk processing plant.

“We are here in a place where we have food and material that we give to the poor. We think we have an obligation to God to look out for the people who without our aid would have tragedy in their lives," Eyring told Trump.

Trump also complimented Nelson for his work as a heart surgeon. “Formerly a great heart surgeon, one of the best in the world,” said Trump.

Top church leaders did get about 20 minutes of alone time with the president.

They said not only did they get a chance to talk about Welfare Square, but also about the church and its doctrine.

They said they also gave Trump a picture of Jesus Christ.


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