SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Officials with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints authorized a phased return plan to some of the faith’s weekly worship services and activities Tuesday.
“I feel a lot of hope moving forward that things are on the upswing and that things are going to be okay and I’m just hopeful for the future,” said Sister Kaitlin Clayson, a missionary, about the Tuesday announcement.
In a letter address to general and local leaders around the world, Church officials said worship services and activities can take place only when local government regulations allow it and if approved by local Area Presidencies.
Stake presidents, counseling with bishops, will determine the specific timing for resumption of meetings and activities, Church officials said.
“I think I can speak for everybody when I say, we can’t wait to see our friends and neighbors on Sunday and worship together. It’s been great bonding within our families and our homes, but we’re excited for the chance to see the people that we love and worship together at church,” said Melissa Jentzsch, a church member.
According to Church officials a two-phase approach will be used.
***The models below have been released by Church officials and are subject to change based on specific Area Presidencies and local government regulations.
Sabbath Day Worship Services: Phase 1
Shortened meetings at the meetinghouse with up to 99 individuals, following local government regulations
Other Meetings and Activities (including weddings and funerals): Phase 1
Shortened meetings, following local government regulations; may be held remotely using technology
Sabbath Day Worship Services: Phase 2
Meetings at the meetinghouse with 100 or more individuals, following local government regulations
Other Meetings and Activities: Phase 2
Meetings at the meetinghouse, following local government regulations
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