Close to 10,000 people attended the event, with many waiting since 4 a.m. to see Kanye, who took to the stage shortly after 1:30 p.m. In photos from Deseret News, students can be seen perched on ledges and roofs of nearby buildings eager to catch a glimpse of the rapper.
While Mormons elsewhere in the community held the 189th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West preached at The Gateway in Salt Lake City about the ways society tries to control your behavior.
"Do not read comments on the Internet," West told a captivated audience.
"These people don't know you like that," he told them. "Social media is designed to make you think slower… They want to slow you down and control you."
West then turned to politics, praising Abraham Lincoln as a member of the Republican party which freed the slaves, before going on to reject the unspoken doctrine prohibiting him from supporting Trump.
"People call me a coon, because I chose my right – in America we got the right, right? We got the right to our own opinion."
"They try to tell me because of my color who I'm supposed to pick as the president," West said. "'You're black, so you can't like Trump.' I ain't never made a decision only based off my color. That's a form of slavery, mental slavery."