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During this time of great vulnerability caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have found strength and protection through Sabbath observance, said Elder Ulisses Soares.

COVID-19 “is changing my way of thinking,” said Elder Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “I’m learning new ways to be better prepared for other challenges that may come in the future in my life. I’m seeing things that I was not seeing before. I am feeling more inclined to think more about other people and reach out to them instead of focusing on my own needs.”

Speaking via videoconferencing as part of a Church News series highlighting counsel and direction from Latter-day Apostles during the coronavirus crisis, Elder Soares said that Sunday worship has and will continue to help Latter-day Saints living in an age of doubt and fear to increase faith in their Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

COVID-19 has created world-shaking challenges — causing illness, death and economic insecurity and impacting the ministry of Church leaders and members, he said. Amid the tragedy, there “have also been blessings and learnings.”

One of those blessings has been learning “creative ways to reach out to the people” — especially on the Sabbath day. He and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, “have been able to minister to those who are very dear to us that we haven’t seen lately who played a role in our life history and became part of our lives.”

Other learnings include forgetting myself, being humble, asking for help, and offering support to those who are in despair.

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