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LDS Democrats Call for Day of Prayer

In his concession speech, Governor Mitt Romney prayed that the president will be successful in guiding the nation.  Shortly after that, LDS Church leaders invited Americans  - whatever their political persuasion - to pray for the President and the new Congress.  Now LDS Democrats are calling for a day of prayer.  Caucus chair Steve Olsen told KUER the prayers are directed at leaders on both sides of the aisle. 

“The election is over,” said Olsen, “there are strident voices on both sides.  The Democrats have their strident voices just as the Republicans do.  I think it’s time for all of us to maybe quit listening to those voices and start listening to each other.”

Olsen said Latter Days Saints have valuable teachings on civility in public discourse.

“I really think that because of that, and because one of our own just lost the presidency in a pretty hard fought race, that maybe the Latter Days Saints are in a good position to be an example for the rest of the country,” he said.    

The LDS Democratic Caucus is holding their nationwide day of prayer and fasting this coming Sunday.  Olsen said he will be praying that the Lord will soften the hearts of newly elected leaders, to be humble and to listen. 

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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