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SALT LAKE CITY -- The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are congratulating President Barack Obama on his re-election and encouraging Americans to come together.
They issued a statement Tuesday that says in part: "We congratulate President Obama on winning a second term as President of the United States."
The church leaders also encouraged prayer.
"After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times.
We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress.
"May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people."
The statement also commended Mitt Romney on his run for the White House, "for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service."
"We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors," the statement said.