WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — The general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Primary organization provided a prayer during the annual White House National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
“Please help us to unite as one nation under God,” said Sister Joy D. Jones in her prayer.
According to a press release, officials from the church’s children organization met with other national faith leaders to offer prayers on Thursday.
“We express our gratitude for Thy goodness and mercy,” said Jones, who was accompanied by her husband, Robert, in the Rose Garden for the morning ceremony. “We thank Thee for the freedoms we enjoy. We acknowledge our accountability to Thee, and to each other, for how we exercise those freedoms.”
This was the second year in a row that a member of the church has offered a prayer during the ceremony. Last year, the church’s Relief Society general president, Sister Jean B. Bingham, offered a prayer on behalf of the church.
In Jones’ prayer she offered thanks to God for Jesus Christ.
“May we draw on His example and strength as we seek to lift Thy children, to care for the widows and the wounded, and to serve the poor of both purse and spirit,” she said.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation setting aside May 2 as a National Day of Prayer.
“We condemn all hate and violence, particularly in our places of worship,” he said. “I invite the citizens of our nation to pray, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, in thanksgiving for the freedoms and blessings we have received, and for God’s guidance and continued protection as we meet the challenges before us,” he said.