Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles offered the morning prayer Wednesday morning in the United States Senate.

“Elder Christofferson prayed for the members of the Senate to use wisdom in all matters they deal with,” according to Mormon Newsroom. “He asked God 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.’”

Elder Christofferson also mentioned the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, saying that “[we] remember with soberness and humility the sacrifice of so many who have offered their lives to preserve our liberty. 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,” according to Mormon Newsroom.

It is tradition for the Senate to begin each session with a prayer. This practice dates back to the Senate’s beginning in the late 1700s.

“The tradition of prayer in the U.S. Senate goes back to Benjamin Franklin’s 1787 recommendation to the Continental Congress that because ‘God Governs in the affairs of men’ there ought to be ‘prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate,’” according to Mormon Newsroom.