The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

Four months after closing all 168 temples worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints resumed limited operations in 127 temples.

President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors in the First Presidency — President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — said the move was part of “a carefully coordinated, cautious and phased reopening of temples” impacted by the pandemic.

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President Nelson spoke about the painful decision to close the temples in March in a new Church News video released July 27.

He said the power of God is manifest in temple ordinances.

“The purpose of the Church is to bring the blessings of God to His children on both sides of the veil,” he said. “So, only in our temples do we receive the highest blessings that God has in store for His faithful children. So, how difficult was it to make the decision to close the temples? That was painful; it was wracked with worry.

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