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Wed., 31 July, 1957:

“11 a.m.  Brother David S. King called at the office at my request, and I told him that I appreciate his years of devoted service in the Superintendency of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association, and commended him for his ability as shown in his accomplishments as one of the members of the Superintendency.

(2)  I then told him that I wish him to feel free now to devote his time — all the necessary time — to the building up of his new law firm, and while no immediate action will be taken for his release, he must feel free from the responsibilities of the Superintendency.

(3)  I asked Brother King to submit the names of a half a dozen men, any one of whom might possess qualifications to act as Superintendent of the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association.

Tues., 23 Sept., 1958:

Telephone Calls

2.  Milton Weileman, Chairman of the Democratic Committee, called and asked for an appointment for David King and for him to discuss the political talk that had been given by Ezra Taft Benson last Monday evening in Salt Lake City.  (see Sept. 24 for visit to Elder Benson in LDS Hospital)”

Wed., 24 Sept., 1958:

“7:30 a.m.  Visited Elder Ezra Taft Benson in the LDS Hospital where he has been confined for the past few days for a check-up.  He suffered a gall bladder attack last Monday evening while delivering an address in Salt Lake City.

Brother Benson seemed to be feeling very well.  He said that the doctors are calling at 10 o’clock this morning to release him.  He said that they had found that there was nothing wrong with his heart; that he had suffered a gall bladder attack; that the stone had passed through and that he is now all right.

I mentioned to Brother Benson that he had ‘stirred up’ the democrats in giving his talk the other evening.  He asked me if I had any objections, and I told him that he could do nothing else since he is US Secretary of Agriculture.  Brother Benson said that he had forty appointments ahead of him, and that three fourths of them are non-political.

I told him to go ahead, and congratulated him on the success that he is having with the farmers.

Tues., 16 Aug. 1960:

“8:30 a.m.

By appointment made by me, Congressman David S. King called on the First Presidency.  He described his responsibilities and opportunities in Washington as a great challenge, and as presenting many grave problems.  He briefly reviewed his assignment on the Science Committee, and reported the estimate that the scientific knowledge of mankind had doubled during the thousand years of the Dark Ages; that by 1900 scientific knowledge had doubled every twenty years, and since World War II, scientific knowledge has doubled every ten to fifteen years.  The task of compiling and cataloging scientific knowledge now is in itself staggering, Brother King stated.

We discussed the importance and necessity of the United States holding firm and unyielding in its position against the international adversary.  Danger in the present world conditions was mutually recognized.

I stated that it is our duty to emphasize spirituality, and to let the world know that it is time to emerge from the animal to the spiritual plane; that this is now the mission of the Church.

Brother King said that his visit with the Brethren is the highlight of his trip home, and he asked to be given opportunity to assist in any way he can.”

Thurs., 16 Nov. 1961:

“7:15 a.m.

Arrived at the office — was busy with regular duties until 8:00 a.m. at which time President Brown and I met by appointment Congressman David S. King who reaffirmed his allegiance to the things of the spirit and the things of the kingdom.  He discussed what he thought were actions that indicated that perhaps there was an abandonment by the Church of its neutrality in politics.  He mentioned cases that had come to his attention that Sunday School teachers are making broad hints and innuendoes in classes that those who follow the Democratic program are handmaidens of Communists, and cannot expect to consider themselves in full fellowship in the Church.  He urged that the First Presidency say something in print as to where the Church stands on politics.  He said he understood the Church had spoken officially sometime in the past, but he thinks that the average Democrat does not know where to find it.  He then discussed the general direction of the Democratic administration which he thinks is in complete harmony with Gospel principles.  He also set forth his political philosophy.

I remarked to him that the action of the President of the Church in choosing two Democrats for counselors should be sufficient indication that the Democrats have a definite place in the Church.  I said that all we need to do is to republish what we have heretofore said on the political stand of the Church.

I told Congressman King that he has my confidence and very best wishes.  I asked him to convey my kind regards to President Kennedy.