COVID-19

May 18, 2021 05:09 PM MDT
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church has aided more than 1,000 relief projects in over 150 countries and territories.
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By  Susan Sims
April 28, 2021 01:33 PM MDT
Like most Church historic sites across the United States, Historic Nauvoo and Carthage Jail closed in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to alter life across the planet. No one expected the closure to last as long as it did. Yet while the streets have been empty, Nauvoo Historic Sites have been transforming and preparing for an even better future.
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The Missionary Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following message on Friday, April 23, 2021, to Church leaders in the United States:
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approved the phased reopening of Church historic sites in May 2021. These sites closed last spring due to COVID-19.
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April 21, 2021 08:51 PM MDT
With 47 sessions and 59 presenters, the conference is sure to be inspirational and uplifting. Here are 8 things you need to know about the conference.
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The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the following message with Church leaders in Utah on April 8, 2021.
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March 31, 2021 06:40 PM MDT
A Church News video released on March 31 looks back at the past year of the pandemic with words of assurance from President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hill Cumorah Pageant, originally scheduled to have its final season in 2021, has been canceled and will not be held in future years. The Nauvoo Pageant will also not be held in 2021 but will continue in 2022.
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March 09, 2021 01:00 PM MST
Pandemics perplex. Long after the anxiety has receded, the suffering has subsided, and the dead have been buried, troubling questions remain. Epidemic disease often seems to strike indiscriminately, taking the young and the old, the healthy and the vulnerable, men and women, the righteous and the wicked.
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March 01, 2021 01:00 PM MST
The COVID-19 pandemic has practically turned the world upside down, including the world of missionary work.
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Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced today a US$20 million grant to support UNICEF’s global work with the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and the vaccines arm of the ACT Accelerator called the COVAX Facility.
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February 13, 2021 12:25 PM MST
I am huge believer in New Year’s resolutions. I love that the start of the new year is a time where collectively many people think about new ways to improve—even if it means that for a few weeks, the gym is a bit more crowded than normal.
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The Utah Area Presidency shared the following message with Church leaders in Utah on February 12, 2021. The letter offers recommendations for Primary leaders, parents, and children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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February 11, 2021 03:44 PM MST
Depending on where you are in the world, Church services right now might look different than what you’re used to. If you’re attending in person, you might see a ward technology specialist setting up a camera to broadcast the meeting to those unable to attend in-person. And if you’re attending remotely, you might be wondering if anyone recognizes that you’re there.
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February 10, 2021 05:58 PM MST
It’s 9:30 p.m. and I’m leaving my house. It feels so strange that the neighbor’s kids are likely already asleep. I don’t think I’ve left to go anywhere after children’s bedtimes since before the pandemic began.
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The following message was sent to Church leaders in Utah on February 3, 2021.
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January 25, 2021 08:39 PM MST
When a call went out for nurses to head to New York during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheri immediately felt drawn to answer the call—partially because of a nurse who changed her mother’s life years ago.
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Eight senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City. These leaders qualify for the vaccine in Utah because they are over the age of 70. Health care workers, first responders, and other high-priority recipients in the state had the opportunity to be vaccinated in recent weeks.
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Church spokesman Eric Hawkins released the following statement on January 8, 2021:
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December 28, 2020 12:00 PM MST
This past year has been full of the unexpected. Between the coronavirus, natural disasters, and societal issues, 2020 may not have been what we all expected when it brought in the new decade. But there have been beautiful moments too. Despite feelings of division, many people have come together to express gratitude for the blessings God has given them. Others have come to the rescue for those in need, whether physically or spiritually. And society as a whole has adjusted to new circumstances and situations despite moments of fear and uncertainty.
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By  LDS Living
December 07, 2020 03:11 PM MST
On Monday, December 7, the Church announced that some temples would soon begin Phase 3. Included in the announcement were three videos from Elders Dale G. Renlund, David A. Bednar, and Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The videos shared powerful teachings about loving one’s neighbor, the blessings of temple worship, and adapting to pandemic circumstances. President Russell M. Nelson also posted about the announcement on Facebook promising miracles to those who make sacrifices and worship in His temples.
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By  LDS Living
November 20, 2020 05:03 PM MST
As a world-renowned heart surgeon, President Russell M. Nelson is no stranger to offering prescriptions for wellness, but on Friday morning, he offered perhaps his most important prescription ever. Speaking to a world that—though it may feel divided—is united by a need for healing, President Nelson offered two prescribed ways to find it: 1. "Turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal” 2. “Let us unite in thanking God through daily prayer.”
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November 16, 2020 08:09 PM MST
Though the Latter-day Saint community at Yale may be small in numbers, it is strong in faith even amid a pandemic, according to student Caroleine James.
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The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent the following email to Church leaders in Utah on November 12, 2020. To ensure that the Church is responsive to state executive and public health orders, the Utah Area Presidency asks local Church leaders to make the following four temporary adjustments to ensure increased safety and vigilance during a time of rising COVID-19 cases in the state:
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By  LDS Living
October 16, 2020 04:34 PM MDT
Update October 16, 2020, from Facebook
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October 14, 2020 08:39 PM MDT
On October 14, 2020, Elder David A. Bednar participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum, a gathering of leaders from all over the world and of different faiths. Elder Bednar’s address focuses on why religion is essential in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full text of his address is available at Church News.
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Fun
October 09, 2020 08:05 PM MDT
The Highland 19th Ward bishopric hadn’t seen their congregation in “the longest time” due to the pandemic, and it was time to start meeting again. So why not invite their ward members back to church—Billy Joel style?
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October 02, 2020 02:03 PM MDT
Amid announcements of a new proclamation, a Church symbol, and eight new temples, one announcement during April 2020 general conference may have flown under the radar.
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October 01, 2020 03:38 PM MDT
Many notices were released for those in leadership callings over the course of September 2020.
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By  LDS Living
October 01, 2020 04:00 AM MDT
This story was last updated on October 1, 2020. Find a complete timeline at Church News.
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September 30, 2020 08:27 PM MDT
What has the year 2020 meant thus far for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Like all people everywhere, Latter-day Saints have dealt with the unforeseen and unexpected challenges of a pandemic. But what does that mean for the Church on a general level? Family sacrament meetings held in living rooms, missionaries accepting rapid reassignments and calls back home, and massive service projects like the creation of thousands of homemade face masks, to name a few things.
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September 30, 2020 06:50 PM MDT
Like many things in 2020, BYU Education Week is moving to a virtual format this year.
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September 24, 2020 04:00 PM MDT
A new video released by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares a powerful reminder from President Russell M. Nelson about enduring life’s trials.
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September 22, 2020 06:51 PM MDT
In-person ministering has been impacted by the pandemic, especially in regard to travel restrictions, closed borders, and social distancing. But that doesn’t mean Church leaders aren’t keeping in touch with Latter-day Saints. In a recent interview with Church News, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared how they are keeping up to date with Latter-day Saints virtually.
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September 16, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Given the temporary restrictions on missionary work due to COVID-19, missionaries have sought out creative and innovative ways to share the gospel. Elder Timothy Ritchel is doing just that, taking a love for drawing to a new level by creating stunning portraits of Church leaders and other gospel-related drawings on chalkboards in Church meetinghouses.
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Fun
September 15, 2020 03:01 PM MDT
Though we can’t gather in person this fall for the live Time Out for Women events, Time Out for Women is pleased to offer all-new digital experience bundles. It’s everything you love about Time Out for Women—at home!
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Based on current information from medical and government officials, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to hold For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences in the United States and Canada beginning in the summer of 2021. Wards are encouraged to reserve the dates they are assigned to attend.
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September 15, 2020 12:33 PM MDT
What does COVID-19 have in common with pornography? According to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, the similarities are striking.
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September 11, 2020 09:12 PM MDT
Following a letter sent by the First Presidency on September 11, 2020, the Utah Area Presidency released updated guidelines.
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September 11, 2020 04:41 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson’s 96th birthday celebration may have looked similar to experiences you’ve had with your family during the pandemic—a video conference call, complete with the hurdles of technology like muting and unmuting microphones and wiggly children.
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The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided updated guidelines to help Church leaders and members safely increase engagement in worship and other activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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September 10, 2020 12:10 PM MDT
Earlier this month, a nationwide study confirmed what many have suspected for some time: the prevalence of depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to researchers, symptoms of depression have increased more than three-fold since March. The CDC reported that 40 percent of U.S. adults described experiencing symptoms of depression in June. In a recent segment on mental health produced by WBUR in my hometown, Boston, a researcher suggested that depression spurred by the pandemic could itself become a second pandemic.
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September 03, 2020 06:48 PM MDT
Like many in the world, President Russell M. Nelson said he feels sorrow concerning the pandemic, especially for those who have faced and continue to face dire circumstances or disappointment. Then the prophet added, “I’ve learned that even through clouds of sorrow, there can be silver linings found.”
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September 03, 2020 01:33 PM MDT
Speaking in April general conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland testified that “the future is going to be as miracle-filled and bountifully blessed as the past has been.”
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FamilySearch has announced that RootsTech 2021 will be held in February as a free, virtual event.
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August 23, 2020 01:17 PM MDT
In response to questions surrounding when seminary and institute will return to the classroom, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in a new video and article released Sunday that while there many not be a perfect answer to these questions, the hope is that in whatever way possible, high school and college students are having a “scriptural experience and a spiritual education every day of the week.”
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August 20, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
The most important lesson I have learned from COVID-19 is the tangible reality of spiritual presence and the deep loneliness of spiritual absence.
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Fun
August 18, 2020 09:30 PM MDT
Elder Isaac Johnson and Elder Trey Stewart both wear a black missionary name tag. Before their missions, they both sported American Fork High School basketball jerseys. After their two years of missionary service end, they’ll both don college basketball jerseys for University of Oregon and Brigham Young University respectively.
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August 18, 2020 09:20 PM MDT
Though Church historic sites have been closed to physical visitors due to COVID-19, many missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are finding ways to connect people to the spirit of the historic sites—and you don’t even have to leave your living room.
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August 10, 2020 06:39 PM MDT
Sister Kendra DeLange arrived at the Provo Missionary Training Center on March 4, 2020, with the next 18 months of her life laid out: she would spend five weeks in Provo learning Danish and then fly across the Atlantic to the Denmark Copenhagen Mission.
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August 07, 2020 02:32 PM MDT
Every Monday morning, I eagerly check Newsroom to see what temples will reopen in the coming week. I feel joy for my fellow Saints around the world as the sealing power is once again available in their country in the first phase of reopening. I marvel as I picture missionaries preparing to serve during a pandemic who have the opportunity to receive their endowment before their departure through temples in the second phase of reopening.
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July 27, 2020 01:49 PM MDT
On March 25, 2020, the First Presidency announced that all temples would close at the end of the day. Now, temples have begun a phased reopening, with the first temples entering Phase 2 on Monday, July 27, 2020, allowing all living ordinances.
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July 20, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
In February, the vision of my next two years was perfectly laid out. I would serve in the Chile Rancagua Mission using the Spanish I would learn in the Mexico Missionary Training Center.
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The Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent this letter on Friday, July 10, 2020.
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July 08, 2020 03:58 PM MDT
Elder Ulisses Soares has experienced atypical Sabbath days as he has waited in the airport while on Church assignments. On one of those Sundays, he found a place where he could be somewhat alone and “closed his eyes and turned his heart to the Lord.”
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July 02, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
If you’re like me, you have probably had someone tell you recently—or perhaps you have said it yourself—that 2020 has been a total wash. Just look at some of the major events of this year: devastating wildfires in Australia, the eruption of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines, the third impeachment trial in US history, the killing of George Floyd, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. As Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said in April 2020 conference, COVID-19 is “a solemn reminder that a virus 1,000 times smaller than a grain of sand can bring entire populations and global economies to their knees.”
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July 01, 2020 07:45 PM MDT
The COVID-19 pandemic may have been unexpected, but when one looks at the humanitarian response by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the crisis, their preparation is visible.
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June 25, 2020 04:43 PM MDT
The year was 2011. Elder Gary E. Stevenson was serving as president of the Asia North Area of the Church when a 9.0–magnitude earthquake and accompanying tsunami resulted in 20,000 deaths and 551,000 destroyed homes in Sendai, Japan.
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By  LDS Living
June 23, 2020 06:34 PM MDT
As the fall semester approaches, several of the institutions in the Church Educational System (CES) are making announcements regarding plans for the fall semester. Plans vary from entirely remote learning at BYU-Hawaii to a hybrid of in-person and remote classes at BYU in Provo.
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