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By Rosemary Pollock

President Hinckley Tells Church Members to be More Tolerant

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Speaking to a near-capacity crowd of 20,000 on Sunday night in the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley took the occasion of the first annual July 24 Pioneer Day celebration in Utah to make a call to Church members to "plead for a spirit of tolerance and neighborliness, of friendship and love toward those of other faiths." His remarks have caught the attention of newspapers nationwide through the Associated Press.

"I plead with our people to welcome them, to befriend them, to mingle with them, to associate with them in the promulgation of good causes," President Hinckley said. "We are all sons and daughters of God." President Hinckley noted that both Utah's capital city and state had become home "to many people of great diversity." He characterized the coming of the Winter Olympic Games to Utah as prophetic when he quoted former President Brigham Young who once said, "kings and emperors and the noble and wise of the earth will visit us here."

Informal surveys by steering members of the "Days of '47" committee found that during previous celebrations many Utahns felt excluded from festivities surrounding the state holiday. President Hinckley added that to further the spirit of tolerance and neighborliness, "There will likely be an increasing tendency to emphasize (the state's) diversity in the 24th of July parade and associated festivities" in the years to come.

"We must never permit ourselves to lose sight of the great and singular achievements of those who first came to this valley in 1847," President Hinckley said. "Generations yet to come owe a debt of gratitude and remembrance to those early settlers who on the anvil of adversity were hammered and shaped and tempered. It was the conviction they carried in their hearts, strong and secure and immovable, that God had restored His work in these latter-days, and that from this place where the house of the Lord should be established in the tops of the mountains, the work of God would roll forth to the nations of the earth," he said.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra performed a selection of 10 songs portraying a legacy of faith through music. Scenes of pioneers in wagon trains crossing the plains and others crossing oceans on sailing ships, played on large overhead screens.


Hinckley Urges Religious Tolerance
Salt Lake Tribune 23Jul01 N1
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

Pres. Hinckley speaks out against self-righteousness
Deseret News 23Jul01 N1
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor

LDS Church leader: Don't be 'clannish'
Ogden UT Standard-Examiner (AP) 24Jul01 N1
The Associated Press

Religion News in Brief: Church president tells Mormons to welcome non-Mormons
Washington Post (AP) 26Jul01 N1
Associated Press


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