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Nearly two years after President M. Russell Ballard declared the world will win the war on COVID-19, the 93-year-old Church leader spoke from his office in Salt Lake City about the ongoing pandemic with identical optimism. 

“Just keep smiling,” said the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “The pandemic will wear itself out, but don’t let it wear you out. Just keep getting up in the morning and keep raising your families. Things will be OK.”

President Ballard spoke to the Church News on Wednesday, Jan. 5, as a record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases were reported in Utah. The sweeping omicron variant is reported to be responsible for a worldwide surge in cases.

“The Church has not stopped; the Church has gone forward. We’ve used wisdom and good judgment. Where advisable, we have used masks. We have encouraged members of the Church to be vaccinated. Where the members of the Church have gathered, they have gathered with the spirit of watchcare for one another.”

As the Church approaches the two-year anniversary of suspending gatherings worldwide, returning more than half the Church’s missionary force to their home nations, and closing all temples, President Ballard reflected on lessons learned from the pandemic and the Church’s ongoing response. 

Care for one another

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