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LDS Church Area President issues statement on Manchester bombings; other LDS members offer condolences

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Police offices add to the flowers for the victims of Monday night pop concert explosion, in St Ann's Square, Manchester,  Tuesday May 23, 2017. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with Monday's Manchester concert bomb attack. The Islamic State gr

Police offices add to the flowers for the victims of Monday night pop concert explosion, in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Tuesday May 23, 2017. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with Monday’s Manchester concert bomb attack. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left over 20 people dead and dozens injured.

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After the bombings at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester, England, Elder Patrick Kearon, Europe Area President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released a statement offering their condolences to the families of the victims. Well-known members of the LDS Church have also offered their sympathies on social media.

“Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we hear of the devastating violence in Manchester, where young people and their parents had gathered to enjoy an evening of music and entertainment,” Mormon Newsroom reported that Elder Patrick Kearon, the president of the Europe Area of the church, said. “Our thoughts and prayers reach out to those who are suffering as a result of these tragic events. May the love of God and of decent people — demonstrated by spontaneous acts of kindness towards victims — heal hearts and provide comfort.”

Jimmy Osmond wrote he would be praying for those affected.

Allie Gardiner, a singer and makeup specialist, posted a simple hashtag to show support.

David Archuleta retweeted an image of Revelation 21:4-5 in connection to the tragedy. The scripture reads, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more.”

Kenzie Nimmo, an LDS vlogger and singer, posted her shock at hearing the news.

Donny Osmond posted his sympathy for Grande and the victims.

Marie Osmond also shared her thoughts on the tragedy.

Alex Boye posted his gratitude to the first responders who helped at the scene.