Cedar Fort compiled quotes from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they have addressed the topic of COVID-19 during these uncertain times.
Personally, I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I have been more grateful to be led by living prophets and apostles who are seers. They see into the future and know what we don’t know. They are able to warn and forewarn. They are also able to see light at the end of the tunnel and bring comfort when other sources can’t.
President Russell M. Nelson
My dear friends, our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ know us, love us, and are watching over us. Of that we can be certain.
These unique challenges will pass in due time. I remain optimistic for the future. I know the great and marvelous blessings that God has in store for those who love Him and serve Him. I see evidence of His hand in this holy work in so many ways.
So, during these uncertain times, be comforted by this promise from the Savior. He said, “I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say.” I promise you that joy is always within the reach of everyone who will hear Him and obey His laws.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“This is a rare time of enforced solitude when we don’t have a lot of trivia or superficial busyness distracting us from considering the truly important things in life. Such times invite us to look into our soul and see if we like what we see there.” (read more here)
Elder David A. Bednar
Elder Bednar said every individual has times in his or her life when “prayers become more earnest and more meaningful. That is a powerful experience, the Lord is aware of our circumstances and our situations. And He will not give any less credence to an earnest sincere prayer offered in a family room or kneeling at the side of a bed for this period of time. He will look on us with great mercy and great compassion.” (read more here)
Elder M. Russell Ballard:
“The world will win this “war on the coronavirus.” Whether you are able to go to the temple or not, your home is a place you can kneel and pray. You can feel Heavenly Father’s Spirit and you can feel the hand of the Lord in your life on your knees in your bedroom or wherever you find peace to say your prayers. It doesn’t require you to be in the temple to ‘be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10). That can happen every day of your life.” (read more here)
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“The gospel is a message of peace and hope; it is a message of healing and joy. Using technology to share this message with the help of the Spirit is the opportunity of our time. Missionary work will continue to move forward—in spite of the pandemic. It is the fulfillment of the great commission given to us by the Savior based on the two great commandments showing our love for God and His children by ministering to all.” (read more here)
Elder Neil L. Andersen
“Once we settle ourselves with our concerns about the health of our family, employment, and the disruptions right before us, we know we need to pray: ‘What am I to do? What am I to learn? How am I to grow in this unusual time?’ You can never find yourself in a time that the Lord won’t teach you, if you are righteous.” (read more here)
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
“In all of this, we have to be more sensitive to the isolation and other challenges that single adults face, more than most of us do—especially single parents, who are carrying such a huge load. It is incumbent on us to give some added attention to creating a sense of inclusion, to be thoughtful about the help that they might need.” (read more here)
Elder Quentin L. Cook
“This time is foundational and will allow the Church to grow in the future and touch more lives and do more of the work of salvation than ever before. We will look back on this as a foundational time of preparation and not just something we had to endure.” (read more here)
Elder Dale G. Renlund
“Each of us are responsible for our own salvation, for our own faith. If we do that, if we keep those covenants, then the power of godliness can be manifest in our lives. We know that God loves us, we know that we can trust Him, and that He will have our best interests at heart.” (read more here)
As I read these quotes, I am reminded of the scripture verse is Psalm 119:105: They word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I am so grateful for these mouthpieces of the Lord. They speak the words that He would if He were among us. For, “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”
…whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Thanks to Cedar Fort for putting this great list of quotes together.