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(Provo-AP) -- A group of Utah Valley residents of various faiths are sticking up for L-D-S Church members not allowed to conduct prayer services on the National Day of Prayer.
Members of the National Day of Prayer Task Force say members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are allowed to participate in National Day of Prayer. But they are not allowed to direct prayer services because they're not considered to be an evangelical church under a declaration agreed upon by representatives of evangelical churches.
The Utah Valley Ministerial Association says it's offensive to exclude anyone from prayer. The association is a collection of many different faiths including the L-D-S Church, and they says they'll host a prayer event independently.
National Day of Prayer began in 1952 and was amended to mark the first Thursday of March as National Day of Prayer.
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