Utah Area Presidency Approves Resuming Sunday and Other Meetings

For nearly 10 weeks, meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have stood empty across the world. That could end as soon as this weekend.

A letter from the First Presidency on Tuesday, May 19, outlined guidelines for a safe return to our weekly worship services and activities, and at least one area is already putting the plan in action. In a letter to stake presidents, the Utah Area Presidency has already approved all wards to enter phase one of the First Presidency’s guidelines, according to KSL.com.

“We emphasize the importance of proceeding cautiously as we adapt to the continuing challenges associated with the COVID–19 pandemic,” the Utah Area guidelines say.

The letter instructs stake presidents to meet with their Area Seventy and with the bishops in their stake to determine the timing for resuming meetings. It also encourages them to study the First Presidency guidelines.

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According to Church Newsroom, there are over 2 million Latter-day Saints in Utah, approximately 69% of the state’s population. The Church’s response to COVID-19 has been covered by local news outlets throughout the pandemic.


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