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FILE: President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks at the North America Northeast member devotional in the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Oct. 20, 2019
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Church Leaders Urge Latter-day Saints To Pray For America, Its Leaders

FILE: President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks at the North America Northeast member devotional in the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Oct. 20, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. – The acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members to join a “new movement” of prayer in the United States.

M. Russell Ballard on Sunday spoke during the North America Northeast member devotional at the DCU Center. It was also broadcast to Church meetinghouses throughout the Northeast, which includes congregations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to a Church statement.

“Our nation was founded on prayer, it was preserved by prayer, and we need prayer again,” Ballard said. “I plead with you this evening to pray for this country, for our leaders, for our people and for the families that live in this great nation founded by God. Remember, this country was established and preserved by our founding fathers and mothers who repeatedly acknowledged the hand of God through prayer.”

He invited Latter-day Saints to encourage their neighbors, colleagues and friends on social media to “pray for this country.”

Ballard and his fellow apostle, D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, had visited several New England areas during the ministry tour, including the birthplace of the faith’s founding prophet, Joseph Smith.

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