With limited testing capacity and asymptomatic infections, establishing infection rates of COVID-19 has been nearly impossible for health officials in Utah. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality, along with researchers from across the state — including a group at BYU — are taking extreme measures in hopes of tracking down the elusive answer.
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Angel Moroni Statue Removed from Salt Lake Temple for Repair: Yet another Strong Tremor Shakes Mountain West
As we waited for the Angel Moroni to be removed from the Salt Lake Temple for repair after the trumpet was shaken off by the March 18 Magna quake, two more large earthquakes occurred in Idaho and Nevada within less than a two month period.
Though I am open about my faith and often welcome steps that allow faith to play a more visible role in society, I prefer to let faith be a personal matter and not a basis for government policies. Unfortunately, I fear that an abundance of faith, perhaps even blind faith, is behind many policies and plans being pursued by government leaders when it comes to dealing with the novel Coronavirus.
Since his appearance to the 17-year-old Joseph Smith on the night of September 21, 1823, the Angel Moroni has been a central figure and symbol of the ongoing Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite the recent damage to the statue on the Salt Lake temple, the Angel Moroni's role is not finished.
This major sized earthquake in Idaho, with over 36 years between it and the most similar one in the past is a great example to show the possibilities and difficulties of evaluating an earthquake as a sign of the Lord’s Coming or not.
On March 18, 2020, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake, the strongest quake in Utah in nearly 30 years, occurred on a relatively small fault line near Magna, Utah. This “strongest” in a long time quake is really miniscule. So, is this the end of the story? It is not.
As we read through the signs of the Lord’s Coming delineated in Matthew chapter 24 and in other places in the scriptures, this phrase, “earthquakes in diverse places,” is repeated again and again and particularly brings strongly to mind just how difficult it is to predict or otherwise understand these amazingly powerful natural phenomena.