Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to fast and pray Sunday and to join other Americans in national day of prayer regarding the Middle East.

The First Presidency issued this statement Friday following President George Bush's designation of Sunday as a national day of prayer."In response to President Bush's designation of Sunday, Feb. 3, as a national day of prayer for peace in the Middle East, we encourage our members to not only fast and pray this coming Sunday, but continue to appeal to the Lord each day for an early and satisfying conclusion to the hostilities, for minimal suffering on both sides and for the peace of the Lord to be in the hearts of people everywhere."