In light of recent surges in COVID-19 cases in Utah, Elder Randy D. Funk, First Counselor in the Utah Area Presidency, joined with other religious leaders in issuing an appeal to people of faith to wear face masks.
Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and other faith leaders, 28 in total, signed the letter. It was read by Utah Governor Gary Herbert in a press conference on Wednesday, June 25. Read the letter below.
“Over the last several weeks we have seen alarming increases in COVID-19 infection rates in the state of Utah. The state epidemiologist has identified the lack of masks and social distancing as key factors responsible for the increase. As faith leaders, many of us have seen the effects of this virus on vulnerable persons in our congregations. COVID-19 has caused so many disruptions in people’s lives including mental, physical and financial stress.
“We, the under-signed faith community leaders, appeal to people of faith all over the state to wear masks and practice physical distancing, sacrificing a small measure of comfort for the sake of saving lives. We recall that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second is like unto it, to love one’s neighbor as oneself. One cannot claim to love one’s neighbor while deliberately putting them at risk.
“We pray for the end of this devastating pandemic. However, the reality is that our actions must accompany those prayers. Please join us in continuing to take action to prevent the further spread of the pandemic by wearing masks in public and maintaining physical distancing.”
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