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In a letter from the First Presidency, they said:
|Dear Brothers and Sisters,|
|We are thankful for all who have worked to address the effects of this global pandemic. As a Church, we have sought to be cautious in our actions and to limit the gathering of our members, even for weekly worship and sacred temple work.|
|With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father that He has heard our prayers, we rejoice in announcing a carefully coordinated, cautious, and phased reopening of temples. With this letter, we are authorizing the reopening of 17 temples.|
|Beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, living husband-and-wife sealing ordinances will be performed in selected temples for members who have been previously endowed. These sealings will be conducted with a minimum number of temple staff, and a limited number of participants, according to local government restrictions. As changing restrictions and local conditions allow, the Temple Department will authorize the reopening of additional temples and expanded opportunities will be made available for receiving living child-to-parent sealings and own-endowment ordinances, as well as participation in proxy ordinances. Further information, as well as a list of temples that will reopen now, may be found at Newsroom.ChurchofJesusChrist.org and will be sent to Church leaders.|
|We ask for your continued faith and prayers that this pandemic and its lingering effects may pass. We look forward to the day that we can resume full operation of our temples, congregations, and missionary service.|
The First Presidency
Not having the temple open has been very difficult for many members, especially those who had plans to get married during the shutdown. Hopefully these couples are able to reschedule a time that they can go into the House of the Lord and be sealed for time and all Eternity.
Similarly, to those who might have had loved ones die during the shutdown to COVID-19 other ailments, may receive the peace and comfort they've been longing for by going to the temple.
How grateful we are to have the Restored Gospel in our lives. Hopefully we take advantage of the temples being re-opened, and to perform the ordinances in there. For those who might've took for granted the opportunity to go, hopefully they may finally see the importance of attending a temple session more often than not.
Are you excited to go back to the temple?