In Jerusalem, Mormon apostles and Jewish leaders like Joe Lieberman remember Orson Hyde prayer

In Jerusalem, Mormon apostles and Jewish leaders like Joe Lieberman remember Orson Hyde prayer

Mormon apostles joined Joseph Lieberman and other prominent Jewish leaders at the Mount of Olives on Thursday to remember the 175th anniversary of an LDS leader’s historic prayer dedicating Jerusalem as a gathering place for the Jewish people.

Lieberman, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut and a vice presidential candidate in 2000, was part of a large delegation of American Jewish leaders who commemorated Orson Hyde’s prayer in Jerusalem with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The group gathered at BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, which overlooks the Mount of Olives.

“Orson Hyde’s 1841 mission to Jerusalem to dedicate this land for the return of the Jews and for Jerusalem to be its capital city was an important moment in the latter-day Jewish return to their homeland,” Elder Holland said at the event. “We believe the work of Elder Orson Hyde has played a key role in God choosing Jerusalem again.”

Elder Holland explained the deep respect Mormons have had for the Israelite people from the beginnings of the LDS Church. Latter-day Saints believe their patriarchal lines principally go back to the tribe of Joseph through his sons Ephraim and Manasseh, Elder Holland said. Mormons also believe modern LDS prophets have played a role in the gathering of the Jews to their homeland, he said.

A transcript of Elder Holland’s remarks is available at

Founder Joseph Smith sent Hyde, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, on a mission to Jerusalem. On Oct. 24, 1841, Elder Hyde climbed the Mount of Olives and recorded a prayer he said he received by divine revelation.

In the prayer, Elder Hyde asked God to inspire world leaders to be friendly to a return of the Jews.

“Let them know that it is thy good pleasure to restore the kingdom until Israel — raise up Jerusalem as its capital and constitute her people a distinct nation and government… . Let that nation or that people who shall take an active part in behalf of Abraham’s children, and in the raising up of Jerusalem, find favor in thy sight.”

He also asked that Jews would gather again in the Holy Land.

Read the rest at the Deseret News. (Lead Image from Mormon Newsroom).

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