Have you prayed for your President today?
That was the message by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints following a particularly contentious U.S. presidential election that saw one of its own members — GOP candidate Mitt Romney — lose a tight contest to incumbent Barack Obama.
The church is politically neutral, but encourages its members and all citizens of the world to engage actively in the political process — no matter their country of residence. In countries where democracy is the governmental standard, voting and other practices is a privilege and sacred trust that we should exercise as often as possible.
No matter your political persuasion, pray for your civic leaders, just as you would your spiritual leaders. After all, they need your help, as well. The statement explicitly states:
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.