The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has urged support for President Reagan's proclamation that May 5 be observed as a National Day of Prayer.

President Ezra Taft Benson and his counselors, President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Thomas S. Monson said, "We heartily endorse the president's proclamation of a National Day of Prayer and encourage all citizens to join in prayers of thanksgiving and supplications to God on that day."Nothing is better designed to keep the attention of humankind centered on God and righteousness than prayer. Every thought, word, and act is influenced or governed by the nature and extent of one's communion with Deity.

"In addition to this special observance, we encourage the daily practice of personal and family prayers. May we join in seeking divine influence upon the nation and the world, that peace and joy may abide in hearts and homes. May people everywhere heed the Biblical injunction to love Him with all our hearts, minds and souls, and to love our neighbors as ourselves."