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Latter-day Saints have left a profound mark on history, and their influence has been felt around the world. Here is a list of what U.S. presidents have said about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

President Ronald Reagan

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President Ronald Reagan held Latter-day Saints in very high regard. In fact, he was the U.S. president with the best relationship with Latter-day Saints and surrounded himself with Latter-day Saints in his administration.

“The Mormon contribution to American life is beyond measure,” he said in a video.

“They are the contributions of love and joy, of faith and family, of work and community. They are a dedication to values that are at the heart of free nations and good ones. And they are a faith of the promise of tomorrow.”

In 1982 President Reagan toured the Church’s welfare services, praising the Church for its incredible resources.

“You know that I’ve talked for a long time about Americans doing for themselves, about the private initiative, about citizens’ groups doing so many things that government thinks only it can do,“ said Reagan. “And I have just toured a cannery—part of the program of the Latter-day Saints for meeting the needs of their people when they have to have help.”

President Abraham Lincoln

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“When I was a boy on the farm in Illinois there was a great deal of timber on the farm which we had to clear away. Occasionally we would come to a log which had fallen down. It was too hard to split, too wet to burn and too heavy to move, so we plowed around it. That’s what I intend to do with the Mormons. You go back and tell Brigham Young that if he will let me alone I will let him alone.”

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