Mormon Church Announces Plan to Resume In-Person Services

A group of Mormon women walk to Temple Square in an attempt to get tickets to the priesthood meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints semi-annual gathering known as general conference in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Jim Urquhart)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a plan to gradually restart in-person worship services, having previously suspended worship gatherings in March to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Church leadership, known as the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, sent out an official letter Tuesday regarding the two-phase plan for reopening LDS houses of worship.

“Within guidelines provided by the Area Presidency and in counsel with his bishops, each stake president will determine the specific timing for resuming ward and stake meetings and activities,” read the letter. “We are grateful for the faith of our members as they have worshiped at home and are grateful for the blessings that will come as we gather for worship and activities.”

The two phases of reopening gatherings for Mormon congregations are divided between the two categories of Sabbath day worship and other gatherings, such as funerals and weddings.

Phase 1 called for shorter meetings for up to 99 individuals on Sabbaths and shortened meetings for other gatherings, both in keeping with “local government regulations.”

Phase 2 called for Sabbath meetings up to 100 individuals or more, again following local guidelines, as well as returning other meetings to church buildings and regular times.

“Use an abundance of caution in protecting the health and safety of members. Pay particular attention to members whose health or age puts them at high risk,” stated the LDS Church.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski