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For the last several months, members and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have navigated the challenging task of creating a Sabbath-day worship experience for children in the home, as well as resuming Primary activities in accordance with local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
On March 12, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles announced the immediate suspension of all Church gatherings in response to the spread of the coronavirus. Bishops authorized appropriate priesthood holders to perform the sacrament ordinance in their homes and the homes of others, and members worldwide made the adjustment to a fully home-centered Sunday worship experience.
Two months later, the First Presidency authorized the return to Church meetings and activities “on a limited basis using a careful, phased approach.” Area Presidencies looked to local regulations and worked with their assigned members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Presidency of the Seventy in deciding when and how to begin Church gatherings.
The letter from the First Presidency outlined several guidelines and principles for resuming meetings and activities, including guidelines for Primary leaders to “determine whether to have nursery and some younger Primary classes. They may also determine whether to hold both singing time and classes.”
Gospel learning in the home
Gospel learning and testimony building has not stopped for Primary children, despite the ongoing restrictions on Primary meetings. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Primary general presidency has learned more of the depth of the resilience and faith of children.
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