Church Leaders Congratulate President Obama and Commend Governor Romney
Last night as it became official that President Obama had won a second term as President of the United States, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued this statement:
We congratulate President Obama on winning a second term as President of the United States.
After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times. May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.
We also commend Governor Romney for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service. We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors.
As I watched Mitt Romney’s concession speech last night I was impressed by his choice of words. He said,
This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.
I so wish — I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.
He also thanked his supporters for their prayers in the middle of his speech.
In remarks that lasted less than five minutes Governor Romney repeatedly wished his best to President Obama and made three references to prayer. To many who don’t understand Latter-day Saints’ love their country those remarks might sound like fluff, but as a person who prays for my President every day because of my religious faith, I am sure those weren’t just kind words thrown hastily into a speech.
Today there are calls for our great nation to once again come together after a long and divisive battle. There were riots last night on the campus of Ol’ Miss as students gathered to share their disdain over President Obama’s reelection. And this morning as I logged onto social media I was surprised by the divisive and cutting remarks that are still being shared. Some people take great liberty with their rights to freedom of speech, and end up hurting others. And although we live in a nation which allows us such liberal freedoms of speech, at the end of the day we must all still live and work together. Such divisiveness will never help our country heal.
As the political signs come down across America today I sincerely hope and pray that there is civility and kindness, and especially that there are many prayers in our President’s behalf as we move forward as one nation.
He will need them.
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