In this groundbreaking work, Mike Winder presents the story of America's presidents and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From Washington to Bush, each President and their relationship with the Mormons is explored, and we see the Church rising from obscurity to political clout as America's-fastest growing religion.
Familiar anecdotes are retold — Wilford Woodruff's vision of the Founding Fathers; Joseph Smith calling on Martin Van Buren; Ezra Taft Benson serving in Eisenhower's cabinet; and Gordon B. Hinckley receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush. And, there is much, much more.
You will learn of the wartime President who checked out the Book of Mormon from the Library of Congress; of the President who spoke at a funeral in the Washington, DC Stake Center; the President who attended school in the Kirtland Temple; and the President who had two high priests in his cabinet. Read about what FDR wrote to Churchill about the Mormons; the President who grew up in Ohio with Lorenzo Snow; the Apostle who spent his honeymoon in the White House; and the President who quoted Alma in a letter he wrote to a missionary.
One President asked that his sick wife be given a priesthood blessing. Another received a priesthood blessing himself shortly before his death. Two Presidents have attended Family Home Evenings with two different Apostles. One former President helped the Church missionary program in Africa. There was the President who telephoned Spencer W. Kimball during a stake conference to ask him a few questions, and the President who would spontaneously land Air Force One just to check on his friend David O. McKay.
Which President had one hundred Primary children sing "I Am a Child of God" to him on the White House lawn? What did John Quincy Adams think of the Mormons after meeting with two Apostles? What future Church president was in the room when McKinley was assassinated? Which Presidents had their baptisms for the dead performed in the Mississippi River? And, which President did Heber J. Grant refer to when he said, "I think he was nearer converted to the truth than any man who ever occupied the presidential chair?" Find these answers and more within.
Not sure why some of these review comments are about the BOOK; the item above is the DVD. FIrst, it is unfair and needless to compare the two; it would be comparing apples to oranges.
This DVD is absolutely delightful. The visuals and music are really well done. Brother Mike Winder is a tiny bit gawky, but his unabashed love for the subject matter more than makes up for it. I simply loved his manner of presentation. This DVD is completely worthwhile. There are some DVD's that I will pull out and re-watch portions if I'm alone eating a meal. This DVD is one of them. Thanks, Brother Winder for doing a delightful project!
New insight on key church and country leaders
I bought this book for myself last year and have absolutely enjoyed it. I love American history and church history, and this has been an excellent way to learn about both from the same source. And it's fascinating to learn about many of the unknown ways in which the church and the executive branch have interacted with each other.
LOVED this book! I just couldn't put it down! I'm a history buff and I learned a few things I didn't know before. Really enjoyed all the stories and found it interesting to know which presidents have had their temple work done.
Fascinating book! I saw the preview of the documentary on tv after Conference and was curious about the book. I picked one up and have read several chapters, and with each president I have been amazed with stories that I had never heard before. I especially enjoyed the chapter on Reagan and Buchanan. I'll probably buy several more for Christmas gifts for the hard-to-shop-for men in my life!!!
The book is informational, while the movie is very corny and choppy.
Hey, the DVD is pretty good, I haven't read the book yet but would love to, yes it was a bit cheesy at times, yet fascinating!
Loved it. I enjoyed the information I had not heard before and it changed opinions concerning some presidents. Very enlightening and a must see.
So many neat pictures and amazing stories!