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100 years ago

William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States, spoke in the Tabernacle on Sunday, Sept. 26, 1909, during a visit to Salt Lake City, according to the Sept. 27, 1909, Deseret Evening News.

After receiving a prolonged ovation from a crowd of well-wishers outside the Tabernacle, President Taft entered the building.

A Deseret Evening News article stated: "President Taft delivered an excellent discourse … to an audience that completely filled the vast structure. It was a sermon with a true gospel ring to it, and it thrilled the hearts of the hearers as only genuine eloquence can do."

Of character, President Taft said, "The truth is that if we yield to negligence in the little things, if we yield to the momentary desire to be lazy and not attentive and not courteous to everyone so as to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible during the day, we are going to cut down that higher character that we assume to have under greater exigencies when we are showing forth its strength."

Of hatred, he said, "The truth is, my dear friends, this matter of hatred and resentment, which accompanies … attributing of bad motives to those who differ with you, is a source of a waste of nervous strength, of time, of worry, without accomplishing one singe good thing."

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