ST. GEORGE – The top leadership of the Utah-based faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congratulated President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday on his election victory. They also called upon the public to join them in praying for the incoming president and the nation.
The First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles issued the following statement:
We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election as president of the United States.
We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to join us in praying for the president-elect, for his new administration and for elected leaders across the nation and the world. Praying for those in public office is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers as they govern in these difficult and turbulent times.
We also commend Secretary Hillary Clinton and all those who engaged in the election process at a national or local level. Their participation in our democratic process, by its nature, demands much of those who offer themselves for public service. May our local and national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.
According to preliminary election returns in Utah, Trump garnered 46.74 percent of the vote, with Clinton taking 27.61 percent while independent candidate Evan McMullin received 20.75 percent and Libertarian Gary Johnson an estimated 3.18 percent.
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