CORONAVIRUS

President Nelson: Church Will Proceed With ‘Abundance Of Caution’

May 6, 2020, 3:58 PM | Updated: 4:11 pm
FILE: President Russell M. Nelson (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)...
FILE: President Russell M. Nelson (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – President Russell M. Nelson said leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will continue to monitor information and approach the reopening of meetinghouses and temples with an abundance of caution.

President Nelson made the announcement Wednesday after Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order revising the state’s guidelines for church services.

“I love you, dear brothers and sisters, and assure you that wonderful days are ahead,” President Nelson said in a video on his Twitter account. “As we cautiously move forward to a more normal way of life, Church leaders will continue to monitor information and assess how soon we may again gather in our meetinghouses and temples.”

President Nelson also said step-by-step measures will be communicated to make sure it is safe to gather and revisit Church-sponsored activities.

“We know that ordinances of the holy temple need to be performed. They are of eternal significance,” President Nelson said. “We will clearly communicate step-by-step, when and where such gatherings and other Church-sponsored activities may be resumed. Readjustments in missionary service are currently underway.”

The Church suspended meetings worldwide on March 12 and temporarily closed all temples on March 25.


Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

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President Nelson: Church Will Proceed With ‘Abundance Of Caution’