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LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson addresses plans moving forward during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 4:33 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:38:55-04

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video Wednesday featuring President Russell M. Nelson addressing how the church plans to move forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the video, Nelson emphasizes the importance of safety and taking precautions in the transition back to normal life.

"As we cautiously move forward to a more normal way of life, Church leaders will continue to monitor information and determine how soon we may again gather in our meetinghouses and temples in various locations," Nelson said.

While church activities are still on hold, Nelson said that ordinances of the holy temple are of eternal significance and the Church will communicate step by step when such events can resume.

Read the full statement below:

My dear friends and associates, during these months of the COVID- pandemic, as the world has grappled with unprecedented challenges, I have marveled at the countless examples of faith, courage,and Christlike love that I have seen.

Thank you for serving and loving one another as the Savior would have us do.

We are grateful for the helpful direction that government, health, and civic leaders have provided to keep us safe.

And we will continue to be prayerful and proceed with an abundance of caution.

Your safety and well-being will always be our utmost concern.

As we cautiously move forward to a more normal way of life, Church leaders will continue to monitor information and determine how soon we may again gather in our meetinghouses and temples in various locations.

We know that ordinances of the holy temple need to be performed.

They are of eternal significance.

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.

Meanwhile, we rejoice in the peace that radiates from the Lord Jesus Christ.

It will continue to fill us with hope and joy.

Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son love us, are aware of us, and will bless each of us.

I love you, dear brothers and sisters, and assure you that wonderful days are ahead.

Our commitment to follow the Lord is everlasting!
President Russell M. Nelson