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Elder Christofferson Offers Prayer in U.S. Senate, Remembers Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, Elder D. Todd Christofferson offered the morning prayer in the United States Senate and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor exactly 75 years ago.

"[We] remember with soberness and humility the sacrifice of so many who have offered their lives to preserve our liberty," Elder Christofferson prayed, according to Mormon Newsroom. "We pray that Thou wilt bless their descendants and sustain the vital institutions of our government that this precious liberty may be preserved through the generations to come."

In addition, Elder Christofferson prayed for the members of the senate, asking Heavenly Father to "honor their desire to contribute to the well-being of the people of this nation, and indeed those of all nations who may be influenced for good by their decisions."

Later that evening, Elder Christofferson spoke at an event at the Library of Congress honoring the Book of Mormon. After the public nominated the Book of Mormon as the fourth most influential book in America, the Library of Congress added it to their "America Reads" exhibit. 

“[The Book of Mormon] has spawned pageants and plays, appeared in films, inspired musical lyrics, and received 4 out of 5 stars on the Apple Store,” Elder Christofferson said. “It has been illustrated in comic strips, displayed in paintings, told through historical fiction, and imprinted on clothing. A copy of the Book of Mormon was even checked out to President Abraham Lincoln at the Library of Congress on November 18, 1861.”

He continues, “The Book of Mormon is invaluable to believers . . . My study of the Book of Mormon has given me an enhanced appreciation for the Bible. . . . One of the principal authors of the Book of Mormon, Nephi, prophesied that the Bible and Book of Mormon would ‘grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace.’ That has certainly been true for me.”

In summary, Elder Christofferson quoted an advertisement the Church has placed in playbills for the musical The Book of Mormon. “You’ve seen the play, now read the book. The book is always better.” Then he added, "By all means, read the book."

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