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Relief Society General President Delivers White House Prayer

Sister Bingham participates in National Day of Prayer

“We unite to acknowledge that all good gifts come from Thee,” prayed Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who participated in the National Day of Prayer at the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018.

In a Rose Garden ceremony, Sister Bingham stood with other Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish leaders from across the United States to offer prayers.


“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.

Sister Bingham continued: “Please strengthen homes and families which provide loving guidance in building capable and compassionate citizens. … Help us to find ways to understand and value one another, to work together in cooperation and selflessness, rather than seek for personal gain, to satisfy vain ambitions, or to gratify pride.” (Read her full prayer here.)

“America is a nation of believers,” said President Donald Trump, who signed an executive order to create a faith initiative at the White House that recognizes the role of faith in our community. “We are proud of our religious heritage.”

In his remarks, Vice President Mike Pence read a verse from the Bible that offers hope for the future, Jeremiah 29:11 NIV, a scripture that hangs in his home.

To watch the event, visit the White House YouTube channel. (Begins at 45:56)

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