LDS church leaders congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump

Group photo of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church's second-highest presiding body. Courtesy: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Group photo of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Church's second-highest presiding body. Courtesy: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are congratulating Donald Trump on winning the presidential election.

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent Fox 13 this statement Tuesday:

We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election as President of the United States.
We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to join us in praying for the president-elect, for his new administration and for elected leaders across the nation and the world. Praying for those in public office is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers as they govern in these difficult and turbulent times.
We also commend Secretary Hillary Clinton and all those who engaged in the election process at a national or local level. Their participation in our democratic process, by its nature, demands much of those who offer themselves for public service. May our local and national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.