Mormon Church, Utah leaders react to Conn. shootings

- SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other Utah leaders offered condolences in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shootings.

The LDS First Presidencey issued the following statement:

"We are profoundly saddened by the events this morning at a school in Connecticut. We grieve with all those affected by this tragedy and especially for the families of these little children.

"In this hour of great sorrow we pray the Spirit of our Father in Heaven will provide comfort and peace to all."

Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued the following statement:

"I am shocked and deeply saddened at the tragic and senseless loss of so many of our nation’s innocent children today. To those mourning in Connecticut, the people of Utah mourn with you. Jeanette and I extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families and community who grieve this senseless tragedy. May they find healing and peace; may we all hold those we love a little tighter today."

Herbert also ordered all flags on state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff.

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch released the following statement:

“As parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, Elaine and I are absolutely horrified to hear of today’s tragedy in Connecticut. Though hundreds of miles away, we send our deepest sympathies and grieve with the families heartbroken by such deep loss on this dark day. But I know that as we have before, our country will come together, relying on each other, to heal from this tragedy.”

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