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Australian Stake President Shares How Latter-day Saints Are Responding to Pandemic Challenges

One among several faith leaders in Victoria, Australia sharing experiences and insights

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president Graham Smith of the Gippsland Stake said a large percentage of members were still enthusiastically participating in church activities, but many were struggling with social distancing,” according to a recent news report in Australia’s Pakenham Gazette newspaper about faith groups’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, members hold worship services in their own homes and do doorstep drop-offs of food and spiritually uplifting messages.

Graham Smith, Gippsland Stake President
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Mr. Smith said church leaders were very concerned about members’ welfare and were always searching for the best way to communicate meaningfully with them.

“This has been a time of great change and expansion, but one thing remains constant – our faith in and relationship with God,” he said.

“The future has altered forever, but we know that the human experience of God’s love for all His children has increased.”

Read the full newspaper article here.

Watch videos featuring Church leaders offering counsel and encouragement during the pandemic. 

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