- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

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

Mr. Reid, a Democrat and 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 the ceremony occurred at a Maryland church.

Mr. Pressler, 73, served as a Republican for two terms in the U.S. House before serving three terms in the Senate (1975-97). In 2014, he ran again for Senate as an independent but lost to Republican Mike Rounds.

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

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