“We have counseled with worldwide governmental, ecclesiastical, and medical leaders and have prayerfully considered the current circumstances. We want to be good global citizens and do what we can to control this contagious illness,” the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in a statement online.
Suspended church gatherings are to include conferences, public worship services and branch, ward and stake activities.
The church has directed leadership to conduct any essential meetings through technology while bishops are asked to consult with stake presidents to determine how sacrament can be distributed at least once a month.
The Church has also announced that it will go all-ditital for its General Conference in April this year.
The LDS Church holds 2 general conferences each year in April and October to deliver churchwide sermons and to discuss leadership and policy changes.
The Church website newsroom confirms that for this year’s conference scheduled for April 4 and 5, “Members will not gather at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City or at stake centers or meetinghouses in areas where COVID-19 is active”.
“The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter Wednesday March 11, 2020, to members of the Church worldwide. The Church leaders announced a significant change to the format of the April 2020 general conference. Sessions will be done virtually. Members will not gather at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City or at stake centers or meetinghouses in areas where COVID-19 is active”.