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LDS Church discourages members outside of the U.S from traveling to April General Conference due to public health concerns

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 17:58:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced today that members outside of the United States are discouraged from traveling to the U.S for General Conference in April.

As a result of the announcement, leadership sessions for General Authorities, Area Seventies and General Officers scheduled to be held April 2-3, 2020 has been postponed until October 1-2, 2020. General Authorities serving outside of the U.S and all Area Seventies are excused from attending general conference in Salt Lake City.

“Out of an abundance of caution and with deep concern for global health considerations, as well as sympathy for all who have been or may be affected by the COVID-19 virus, we are postponing leadership meetings associated with the upcoming general conference,” the First Presidency said in a prepared statement. “We wish to be good global citizens and do what we can to limit the spread of this disease. We also want to relieve concerns of our leaders, members, and their families related to the uncertainties of travel at this time.

The announcement clarified that the postponement applies only to pre-conference leadership meetings. All present plans will continue as scheduled.