A day of fasting and prayer for America

November 23, 2012

We are concerned about the future of our country, as are most Americans. In this season when we have chosen new leaders for our nation and our communities, and in the spirit of following the counsel of the First Presidency, we would like to encourage our fellow Latter-day Saints, and all Americans of good will, to join us in fasting and prayer on December 2nd for our country. In this fast, we ask those who participate to consider the following in their prayers:

1. Thank our Heavenly Father for the great privilege of living in America.

2. Express thanks to the Lord and ask His blessings to be on candidates for political office, regardless of political affiliation or who won or lost. Running for office is a great sacrifice for the candidates, their families, and their supporters and we should be sincerely grateful to them for caring so much to serve our nation and communities.

3. Pray that America’s citizens will take their responsibility seriously to thoughtfully and prayerfully study the issues and engage with their elected leaders on finding fair, common sense solutions to the problems facing our nation. On this matter, as in other aspects of our lives, we should with humility “seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand” (Jacob 4:10).

4. Plead with the Lord that our newly elected leaders will be inspired to approach their great responsibilities with humility, hard work and respect for others, especially those with differing political views. We would ask the Lord that our newly elected officials would be inspired to follow the counsel in “The Mormon Ethic of Civility” (Church Press Release, October 2009) and in Chapter Four of President Gordon B. Hinckley’s book, “Standing for Something”, entitled “Our Fading Civility”. Pray that the Lord will soften the hearts of Americans of different religions, ethnic backgrounds and political views toward one another that the spirit of divisiveness and enmity that has existed in the political sphere will cease.

5. Pray that we as Americans would remember the counsel in D&C 134, that “governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man”, and “that every man should be honored in his station, rulers and magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty”. Help all Americans to render proper respect to those we have chosen to lead us, regardless of whom they personally voted for – and help those so chosen to earn that respect.

6. Finally, we would pray that our newly elected leaders would be prompted to have special care toward those who are most vulnerable among us; our children, people with disabilities, the sick, and those suffering temporary economic distress during these difficult times.

Executive Committee, LDS Democratic Caucus

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