The beautiful setting of Salt Lake City was the fourteenth stop of
the "We Will Stand" non-stop express tour for family values
and revival across America. It was a banquet-style event with around
600 people in attendance.
Entertainment was provided by the 40-person strong, Mountain West
Chorale and the Goodman Family, a well-known Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints family of singers who gave a multi-media singing
presentation. The Goodmans are the pride of Utah and the LDS church as
they have performed throughout the world with audiences that have
included Pope John Paul II and the Queen of England.
As is well known, Salt Lake City is the center of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)and there was much anticipation
and even anxiety over the coming of "God 's
prophet." "Why is Rev.Moon coming to preach to us?"
was a reported behind the scenes' comment of at least one Mormon
leader or two.
All this apprehension was to be laid aside as Father and Mother
Moon came and brought their unique expression of love and respect
for one of the world 's great faiths as well as all faiths.
The opening prayer was given by Rev. Dr. David Randle, who works
as president and executive director of the United Church of Christ
Wellness Health and Lifestyle Education Center.
Two wonderful nationally known guest speakers, Dr. John Covey,
Director of the Home and Family Division of the Utah based Franklin
Covey Company and brother / partner
of Steven Covey of " 7 Habits" fame ; and Dr Robert Woodson,
Sr., President of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprises
and author of "The Triumphs of Joseph", preceded the keynote
Mr. Jon Covey, presented an excellent talk of "The 7 Habits
of Highly Effective Families". He also recognized Father and
Mother Moon for their effective work in the Family movement
Dr. Robert Woodson gave a very stirring speech and brought the
audience together. He compared Father Moon to Joseph who, although
he was imprisoned by his brothers and sold into slavery, came out
as the leader of Egypt and the savior of his family. Father Moon
has also been imprisoned falsely and yet has used his suffering
to deepen his experience with God and to become a truly great world
Following their presentations, Senator Howard Stephenson, gave
a most affectionate introduction to the keynote speaker. Senator
Stephenson testified at how he had attended an American Leadership
Conference (sponsored and founded by Father Moon) and was truly
inspired. The Salt Lake City Tribune quoted him as saying that "As
the LDS members go to General Conference once a year for inspiration
and strengthening of faith", he felt that the "American
Leadership Conference was like a General Conference for political
He was also quoted in the papers as saying, "In the LDS faith
we have the Articles of Faith. Rev. Moon epitomizes someone who
has lived the 13th Article of Faith, which states that one must
be Honest, and True and Holy." He added, "In fact although
Moon is not a member of the LDS religion he embodies this 13th Article
that I would call him a real Latter Day Saint."
Father Sun Myung Moon received a standing ovation as he entered
the room. He had the audience laughing and applauding as he began
his remarks, and at one point commented that he felt very comfortable
with everyone, although his message might make many uncomfortable.
Father Moon spoke for over a half hour off-the-cuff in his introductory
remarks, receiving much applause and attentive audience response.
A prepared text "The Path for American and Humanity in the
New Millennium" being carried throughout the tour was then
read with simultaneous translation by Mr. Peter Kim.
A dear "young" friend from bygone days, Dr. Cleon Skousen,
92, sat appreciatively in the audience and was recognized.
Finally, Father Moon received a special VIP invitation to hear
the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Radio Broadcast as well a guided tour
of the hallowed main Temple. Unfortunately he was not able to attend
at this time as "he had to be about His Father's business"
and was gone in a flash, headed west to Oregon.