The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement in support of President Bush's proclamation that Thursday, May 2, be observed as a National Day of Prayer:

"It is appropriate that the nation pause and, through prayer, collectively offer gratitude to the Father of us all for the many blessings we enjoy. For this reason, we heartily endorse the president's proclamation of a National Day of Prayer and encourage participation by all."We encourage daily personal and family prayers which express gratitude for past blessings and which seek guidance for future decisions and activities. May people everywhere heed the biblical injunction to love him with all our hearts, minds and souls, and to love our neighbors as ourselves."

The message is from President Ezra Taft Benson, leader of the church, and his counselors, President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson.