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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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David O. McKay and the "Twin Sisters" Free Agency and Tolerance
David O. McKay and the "Twin Sisters": Free Agency and Tolerance1 Gregory A. Prince On a spring day in 1955, a group of distinguished gentlemen gathered at a White House dinner at the request of President Dwight Eisenhower. The guests included founding partners of three law firms, the President of the Teamsters' Union, three Army Generals, a Cabinet Secretary, the publisher of the Boston Globe, the Vice President of ABC, the Chairman of CBS, the President of MIT, four CEO's and one clergyman—David O. McKay, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following a tour of the White House led by President Eisenhower, the group moved towards the dining room. President McKay described the scene: As we came through the hallway, a secretary approached with the plan of the table and the place where each would sit. As I came, he said: "President McKay, your place is just opposite the President's." (This seat, directly across from the President of the United States is the honor seat). Just before we took our seats, President Eisenhower came up to me and said: "President McKay, your seat is just opposite mine, and just before we take our seats, I should like to have you say grace."2 President McKay consented. After the prayer the gentleman seated next to him started a conversation: He said "You mentioned in your grace the freedom of the individual. Is that fundamental?" I said, "Next to life itself." He was a Presbyterian by training. 1. Originally presented at the Salt Lake City Sunstone Symposium in August, 2000. 2. David O. McKay Office Journal (hereafter DOMOJ), 7-12 May, 1955.