Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We know that we are living in a time like none of us has ever seen before. This is all new, different, uncomfortable and frankly we are all tired. All of us wish that it would just go away. Or, at the very least, it would be nice if we had an idea of when it might end. However, like many of our trials in life, we don’t get to pick the circumstances or timing. We have members of our stake who have lost loved ones to this virus. We have members who are fighting for their lives in the hospital and many others who have become ill. Some have been affected financially with lost jobs or businesses. We mourn with you and pray that you will feel God’s love for you during this difficult time. We would encourage continued fasting and prayer in behalf of our brothers and sisters who are struggling at this time.
At this time our state is experiencing a surge of new cases and hospitalizations that is taxing our healthcare system. Because of this we are implementing the following guidelines.
· Limit Sacrament meeting attendance to 99 individuals. That means, depending on the size of your ward, you may be asked to meet in-person every other week and view the Sacrament meetings via the webcast at home.
· In-person meetings are only authorized for Sacrament Meetings, funerals and weddings (not viewings, or receptions).
· You may have additional in-person meetings of 10 people or less if all are wearing face coverings and are socially distanced.
· We once again reiterate the importance of following the guidelines set forth by our government officials and church leaders. Please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while attending Sacrament meetings.
· If you are over the age of 65, have health conditions that put you at risk, or feel uncomfortable in any way, we encourage you to participate in Sacrament meetings remotely at home via the webcast. Your bishop will authorize you to perform the Sacrament ordinance at home or, if you desire, have a priesthood holder come to your home to perform this ordinance.
Also. we would like to invite each of you to join with us on November 22nd at 5:30 p.m. for a special stake devotional. We know that this will be a special evening that will lift and inspire all of us.
We love you and pray for you. We bear witness that God is in charge and that this is His kingdom. We will feel His love and guidance as we “let God prevail” in our lives.
Joel Porter, Ron Hyde, Guy Perry
Stake Presidency Ogden Utah Weber Stake