Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement today congratulating President-elect Joe Biden on his electoral victory.

“We congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States. We also congratulate Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“We invite people everywhere, whatever their political views, to join us in praying for this new administration and for leaders of nations around the world. Praying for those in public office has been a practice of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since its founding. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers.

“We thank President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence for their public service and wish them and their families well in their future endeavors. We commend 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, national, and world leaders be blessed with wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the people of the world.”

The statement was made after the electoral college officially selects Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Though Americans took to the polls in November, the US constitution states that the body of the electoral college actually decides who will assume office. The electorates from each state today cast their votes in accordance with the decision of voters in their respective states.

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