Interfaith prayer at Nevada Governor’s Mansion to seek God’s mercy in Ebola crisis

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Seventy George Marion Keele lighting the prayer lamp at the beginning of the Service. From left to right are— Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Lutheran Pastor Paul J. Bodin, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Keele, Roman Catholic Sister Marie McGloin and emcee Gaudy Castaneda.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Seventy George Marion Keele lighting the prayer lamp at the beginning of the service. From left to right are Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Lutheran Pastor Paul J. Bodin, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Keele, Roman Catholic Sister Marie McGloin and emcee Gaudy Castaneda.

CARSON CITY, Nevada — Interfaith leaders from various religions gathered together to offer prayers for the victims of Ebola and their loved ones.

The interfaith gathering was held at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on Nov. 13. The event was organized by Hindu statesman and President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed. The event included prayers by individuals from many faiths including Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Baha’i, according to a press release.

“Your compassion is commendable and greatly appreciated,” said United States Senator Dean Heller in a signed certificate he sent in recognizing the event as a multi-faith prayer service.

Zed spoke on how even though there is work being done in the medical field all over the world to combat the Ebola crisis, it is the duty of religious leaders to seek God’s mercy. He encouraged religious leaders worldwide to organize interfaith prayers to show unity and support in this international fight against Ebola.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was represented by Area Seventy George Marion Keele at the interfaith gathering. Keele spoke at the event and gave a prayer.

Other religious leaders also offered prayers for Ebola, including Church of God in Christ Bishop Luther James DuPree Junior, International Community of Christ Chancellor Sean Savoy, Roman Catholic Sister Marie McGloin, Northern Nevada Muslim Community President Sherif A. Elfass, Buddhist Priest Matthew T. Fisher, Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Baha’i teacher Roya Galata, United Methodist Senior Pastor Dawn M. Pidlypchak and Lutheran Pastor Paul J. Bodin.

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