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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement:

"We endorse the designation by the president of the United States of May 4, 1995, as a National Day of Prayer, and urge people everywhere to make prayer a daily part of their lives."It is important that all who are blessed take time to express gratitude to their Father in Heaven for their many blessings. As we express our appreciation, we become more conscious of what He has done for us.

"In Matthew 7:7-8, we read, `Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.'

"Our Father in Heaven is a loving father who wants our happiness and who will help us all He can if we will but give Him an opportunity to do so by being humble and obedient and having faith and patience.

"Regular prayer can contribute to overcoming the challenges families of the world face today. As parents teach their children to pray, there is no doubt that many of the maladies afflicting society can be alleviated.

"May the National Day of Prayer remind people throughout the nation of the power of this wonderful gift from God, and may all use prayer to create an environment in which peace and love replace war, hatred and intolerance."

President Gordon B. Hinckley

President Thomas S. Monson

President James E. Faust