By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
Tucked into the president's schedule this afternoon: a closed-press meeting with the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—better known as the Mormon church—and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the highest-ranking Mormon in the U.S. government.
Some Mormon/Obama trivia in advance of the sit-down:
- Unlike traditional Christianity, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) regards its president as a living prophet who receives divine revelation. "[R]evelation for the whole Church comes only through the living prophet," according to the LDS website.
In a lesson designed for children, the LDS website explains the unique role of the church president: "[W]e should always listen to what the prophet says, because he tells us what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to do. The prophet receives instructions from Heavenly Father and Jesus for the entire Church."
Current LDS President Thomas Monson assumed his position last year following the death of Gordon Hinckley.