Harry Reid helps former senator join Mormon church

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Posted: Apr 20, 2015 5:27 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has helped a former U.S. Senate colleague become a Mormon.

Reid, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a blessing to Larry Pressler of South Dakota on Sunday morning to confirm him as a member of the faith.

The Deseret News in Utah reports (http://bit.ly/1JnBSw1) the ceremony occurred at a Maryland church.

Pressler, 73, served as a Republican for two terms in the U.S. House before serving three terms in the Senate from 1975 to 1997. In 2014, he ran again for Senate as an independent but lost to Republican Mike Rounds.

Pressler says he was introduced to the church when Reid gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he later discussed it with church member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com