Dear Members of the Kent Stake,
We hope this e-mail finds you well and most important, healthy and strong in spirit. Currently, there is great deal of concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID 19) and as a Stake Presidency we continue to monitor the situation, specifically in the Kent/Covington area.
As part of the monitoring process there are two excellent websites that provide expert information and status updates on the coronavirus. We encourage you to review these websites:
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – www.cdc.gov
• The World Health Organization (WHO) – www.who.int
Please reach out to your Elders Quorum and Relief Society presidencies, and your ministering sisters and brothers for any help you may need during this challenging time, including words of advice, prayers and priesthood blessings.
That said, we want to share a different message with you. Whether we are dealing with normal daily challenges or facing uncertainty and fear, we should continually approach our Father in Heaven for the strength to endure. He has promised that he will not forsake those who love and obey Him. We encourage you to continue to trust in the Lord and turn to him to guide you in the personal decisions you need to make. In moments like this we should be reminded of the principles of the gospel we have learned and studied. As we apply these principles they will bring comfort and peace.
Finally, as of today our church buildings will remain open. We encourage you to avoid personal contact, such as handshakes, hugs, etc. when congregating together. But, don’t hesitate to offer priesthood blessings or other critical support to one another. Out of an abundance of caution, we will only hold sacrament meeting in the Kent Stake wards, this Sunday, March 8. We encourage any member who does not feel comfortable attending sacrament meeting to stay home and study Come, Follow Me. Additionally, any member who is sick or has symptoms of the coronavirus, we ask that you stay home and don’t come to church.
We recognize this is an evolving and changing situation and we will provide updates as appropriate.
Kent Stake Presidency