THE PLANK JULY 20, 2009
Today, President Obama met with Thomas S. Monson (above), the president of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).
they're friendly now, the Mormon Church and the federal government have
often had a rocky relationship--from founder Joseph Smith's decision to
advocate "theodemocracy" in place of the American system of government, to bouts of persecution and open warfare.
here to read more about the interaction between the U.S. government
and the Mormon Church, from Joseph Smith to the present day.
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