SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The leader of the largest congregation in the nation makes his first visit to Utah. Evangelical Senior Pastor Joel Osteen greeted hundreds at a book signing event at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Sugarhouse. Friday night, he shares his first message in Utah at the Maverick Center.
Hundreds waited in line to get the famous pastor's signature on one of his many motivational books. He says he has a message for Utahns regardless of faith.
You might've thought a rockstar just entered the building.
"We're just excited to be here. I almost passed out," said Joyce Trujillo.
But he's a religious star; the man in front of a mega church. His sermons televised across the globe. Joel Osteen makes his first trek to Utah with his classic message.
"God is for you, he's on our side, and even when there are tough times, if you keep your faith in him, you can move forward and see good days," said Evangelical Sr. Pastor Joel Osteen.
Right now, many would say we're in bad days. The looming effects of the government shutdown and uncertainty make Osteen's visit to Utah more timely.
"I think in these times people turn to their faith even more. We're seeing that. The church fills up the attendance increases in times of need," said Osteen.
In a one-on-one interview, we talked family and friends. And the fact that Osteen comes from a different faith than the dominant LDS religion here. But Mormon Nancy Kennedy says there's no need for a divide.
"A lot of the stuff I read in his book, I will read out of our LDS books and its the same message," said LDS Member Nancy Kennedy.
So she begins with a daily dose of Osteen.
"I read his books every single morning. That's how I start my day off by reading one of his books. It makes me feel good," said Kennedy.
"I love to encourage others just like Joel encourages my family," said Trujillo.
And hundreds waited eagerly for a handshake, a smile, and hope.