Saturday, September 24, 2011

More Anecdotes about Church Presidents

Brother Flake was an instructor at Brigham Young University's Education Week in August.  He told these stories:

Here is a story he told about David O. McKay.  

"Lyndon B. Johnson, president of the United States, was fond of President McKay and decided to call him one day on his birthday.

President Johnson told the secretary to not reveal who was calling and was patched through.

"This is President Johnson, Happy Birthday!"

President McKay thought of all the stake presidents and other presidents in the church, Flake continued, and then asked, "What is it that you're president of?"

About President John Taylor:

"The church looked down on fictional books during this time because of a feeling that there were better things to do, Flake explained.  One day President Taylor's son came home with a fictional book, 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.'  

President Taylor took the book away from his son, saying "We don't read fiction in this family."

The next day his son came down the stairs and saw his father turning the last page.

President Taylor looked up at his son, and said, "This is a good book.  You should read it."

I ripped this article out of the Daily Universe, which is the newspaper for Brigham Young University.  August 17, 2011.  I'm sorry, since I didn't keep the first part of the article, I don't know what Brother Flake's first name is.

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