Statement on Las Vegas Shooting Tragedy

The USA Team of Apostles has offered this statement on the  1 October shootings in Las Vegas:
As Community of Christ, we share the peace of Jesus Christ in a troubled world. This calling is grounded in our belief in Unity in Diversity, Blessings of Community, the Worth of All Persons, and Responsible Choices.

We join with other faith organizations, including the National Council of Churches (statement), and communities who grieve for those families who lost loved ones. We unite in prayer for them and others affected by the mass shooting on 1 October in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We also denounce needless violence that ends and shatters lives. We pray for wisdom as we consider our individual response as disciples in dialogue and action. We affirm World Conference Resolution 1270 urging firearms be used for sporting and professional purposes only.

Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a reminds all to “strive to be faithful to Christ’s vision of the peaceable Kingdom of God on earth. Courageously challenge cultural, political, and religious trends that are contrary to the reconciling and restoring purposes of God. Pursue peace.”