During the past year and a half, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued statements and policies about COVID-19. One of their most controversial statements was urging members to get vaccinated and many members interpreted that message differently.
For many missionaries COVID-19 changed a period of their lives that they thought was set in stone. Speaking with four missionaries, a Daily Universe reporter found out what stayed the same and what needed creativity to solve during their time in the mission field during the pandemic.
During the pandemic many changes were made to maintain Church attendance. Church members have had various experiences with at-home and virtual Church during the last year and a half. The COVID-19 quarantine stopped and changed everyone's daily schedules to look different. With COVID-19 vaccines available, officials have announced newly reduced restrictions. For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that meant changing where they administered their sacrament from inside their own homes, back to inside the chapel.
As family history becomes more prevalent through companies like FamilySearch and Ancestry, the growth of technology has helped make family history work easier and more personable.
The coronavirus swept the world beginning in 2019, altering life as we know it. National shutdowns, case outbreaks, overrun hospitals, millions of lost jobs, schools closed, digital everything and more. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was no exception to having its world rocked.