Though the First Presidency has authorized a phased return to some of the Church’s weekly worship services and activities, a return to stake conference for most areas will not come until a future date.
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, sent a letter to General Authorities, Area Seventies, and stake presidents on June 12, 2020. The letter states: “Out of an abundance of caution, all stake conferences through November 1, 2020, are now canceled and will not be rescheduled. Stake conferences beyond November 1, 2020, will be reevaluated at a later date.”
The letter explains that stake presidents may request an exception through their Area Presidency to hold stake conference when one of the following applies:
- • “The risk of COVID-19 is minimal, local government restrictions do not prohibit large gatherings, and the stake president deems it safe to hold stake conference as a public gathering; or
- • “The stake conference can be broadcast to stake members without it being a financial burden on members.”
President Ballard’s letter explains, “Stake reorganizations and priesthood leadership conferences will occur as scheduled. These conferences may be held using technology, where possible.”
In a video message on May 6, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson said, “We are grateful for the helpful direction that government, health, and civic leaders have provided to keep us safe. And we will continue to be prayerful and proceed with an abundance of caution. Your safety and well-being will always be our utmost concern.”