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First Presidency Expresses Profound Sympathy

The following statement was issued on 11 September 2001 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

"In this hour of sorrow, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints expresses profound sympathy to those whose loved ones, friends and associates were lost or injured in todayís senseless acts of violence. We offer our prayers in behalf of the innocent victims of these vicious attacks. We ask our Heavenly Father to guide President Bush and his advisors as they respond to these devastating incidents.

"We join with others in prayers that the Saviorís peace and love will comfort and guide us all through this difficult time.

"The resources of the Church will be made available to any relief agency requesting assistance."

(Listen to statement read by Bruce Olsen, Public Affairs Managing Director)

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In reverence to those who have died in today's terrible tragedy, the First Presidency has closed Church headquarters facilities in the Salt Lake City area as of 2:00 p.m. today. The temporary closure includes all temples from Ogden to Provo. The Washington D.C. Temple has also closed.  Normal operations will resume tomorrow morning.