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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that wards may begin a phased return to normal, in-person meetings in a letter sent out May 19.

In the blink of an eye, Jacob Hale found himself riding with other missionaries in a van headed to the airport, having had no time for proper goodbyes or to communicate with his family and with no flight itinerary.

On May 7, the Church said 17 temples in Utah, Idaho, Germany and Sweden would be opening on May 11 for live sealings of previously endowed members. On May 11, that number was doubled to 34 temples, including the Seoul Korea Taiwan Taipei temples. These temples will reopen starting May 18.