The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Wednesday morning congratulating President-elect Donald Trump on his election as 45th president of the United States. 

The statement asks Americans of all political persuasions to pray for Trump and other leaders of the country as they lead in "difficult and turbulent times."

The statement reads: 

"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."

Stacy Johnson has worked as the Online Editor at the Daily Herald since 2007. Follow her on Twitter at @stacykaye1.

Stacy has worked as the Online Editor at the Daily Herald since 2007.

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