This account is true and has been quoted by numerous General Authorities and church members over the decades. However, what is often left out is where it came from – it was NOT from a General Conference talk or any regular church meeting.
(It is often quoted on Facebook these days too, more than 50 years later and this is the rest of the story--)
Here’s the true story of where the teachings came from:
In June of 1965, a group of brethren in the Physical Facilities Department of the Church was doing some work outside the Hotel Utah apartment of President David O. McKay. As President McKay stopped to explain to them the importance of the work in which they were engaged, he paused and told them about an interview with the Savior.
Fred A. Baker
Fred A. Baker, the eventual Managing Director, Department of Physical Facilities and at the time a member of the Church’s original 3-member building committee, was the Church employee who wrote this down.
Brother Baker, of Ogden, worked for Church Physical Facilities from 1965-1991.
He was also my former stake president and a friend of my wife’s family, who lived in his same ward, the Ogden 41st Ward (today’s Waterfall Canyon Ward).
Brother Baker often told the story to others. He passed away in December of 2015 and this story was also told at his funeral, which I attended.
A 1965 photo from the Hotel Utah with Pres. McKay and in his living room with Church Building Committee and other Church members. Fred Baker is third from the left, top row.
--If you doubt my story, Elder Robert D. Hales repeated it on March 15, 1988 and cited Brother Baker as who wrote it down. Elder Hales’ talk can be found at: