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LDS Church Relief Society general president participates in National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2018, 5:32 PM | Updated: 10:17 pm
The Relief Society general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sister Jea...
The Relief Society general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sister Jean B. Bingham, delivers a prayer during the National Day of Prayer at the White House in Washington D.C. on Thursday, May 3, 3018. (Photo credit: White House YouTube channel)
(Photo credit: White House YouTube channel)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The general president of Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered one of many invocations at the White House during the annual National Day of Prayer.


“May we become a land of ‘good Samaritans,’ laboring in love to lift the hands of the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the afflicted.”


Sister Jean B. Bingham participated in the event in a Rose Garden ceremony with other Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish leaders from across the country.

“Heavenly Father, many are in need, and we pray for all who are working unselfishly to improve lives. May we become a land of ‘good Samaritans,’ laboring in love to lift the hands of the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the afflicted,” she said.

Her full prayer can be read at MormonNewsroom.org.

In her prayer, Sister Bingham addressed the often-contentious divide among the top leaders and politicians of the United States.

“Bless those who lead this great nation with the empathy, insights, and inspiration they need as they counsel together and sincerely strive to work in harmony,” she said. “Help us in our quest that we may be ‘joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.’ May each exercise integrity, humility, and nobility of character in his or her sphere of influence.”

As part of the event, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create a faith initiative at the White House that recognizes the role of faith in our community.

“America is a nation of believers,” he said. “We are proud of our religious heritage.”

The full National Day of Prayer event can be seen in its entirety below, with the event beginning at 45:56, and Sister Bingham’s prayer beginning at 55:35.

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LDS Church Relief Society general president participates in National Day of Prayer