In a video released on his social media accounts Wednesday, May 6, President Russell M. Nelson gave a message of comfort and caution to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding the days ahead as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted.
In the video the prophet addresses the 16.5 million global members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding efforts by Church leaders to resume religious practice and worship in meetinghouses and temples worldwide.
Information and current situations continue to be closely monitored and approached with caution. The prophet assures step-by-step measures will be communicated to make sure it is safe to gather and revisit Church-sponsored activities. He also reminds all that wonderful days are ahead and all is in the control of a loving God.
Read a transcript of President Russell M. Nelson’s words below:
“My dear friends and associates, during these months of the COVID-19 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!”