President Russell M. Nelson Of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Sends Message Of Hope As Covid-19 Outbreak Continues
Thursday, March 19, 2020
On Sunday, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a message of hope in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. President Nelson’s message was sent to Church members around the world, including those in the greater Chattanooga area, and posted on YouTube for everyone, everywhere.
President Nelson said during this time of outbreak we should look to the Savior for peace and comfort. “My dear friends,” he said, “our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know us, love us, and are watching over us. Of that we can be certain.
“These unique challenges will pass in due time.
I remain optimistic for the future…. I promise you that joy is always within the reach of everyone who will hear Him and obey His laws.”
More than 3,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Chattanooga received this message, as did more than 16 million across the globe. President Nelson’s video may be viewed at ChurchofJesusChrist.org on or YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1i5-ew2l9k.
In his message, President Nelson also said, “We pray for those who are suffering and for those who have lost loved ones. He encouraged Church members to take care of each other and to minister to neighbors near and far.
“We are all looking forward to general conference [to be broadcast on April 4-5). Then we will focus on the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. That gospel provides certain hope and help to a troubled world.”
President Nelson concluded by saying, “I love you. I pray for you. And I promise that you will receive comfort and peace as you continue to hear Him.”
On March 12, 2020, President Nelson and his two counselors of The First Presidency along with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles sent a letter temporarily suspending public gatherings of Church members worldwide, including in the greater Chattanooga area. In their letter, they said, “We should follow the Savior’s example to bless and lift others. We bear our witness of the Lord’s love during this time of uncertainty. He will bless you to find joy as you do your best to live the gospel of Jesus Christ in every circumstance.”