On Sunday, the coordinator of President Donald Trump’s White House coronavirus task force urged Americans to be vigilant. All Rights Reserved, Masks a sign of ‘Christlike love’ during pandemic, apostle says, Sign up for the “We won’t put people at risk. On May 6, with temples and meetinghouses closed and all church gatherings suspended, President Russell M. Nelson issued a video in which he said, “We are grateful for the helpful direction and guidance that government, health and civic leaders have provided to keep us safe. Last week, President-elect Joe Biden said he plans to ask Americans to commit to wear masks during his first 100 days in office. He has served in numerous church callings including full-time missionary in Sweden, stake president, bishop, and Area Seventy. Like you, I am grateful for the news of the limited reopening of select temples for proxy work for our ancestors. Choose You This Day October 2018. 15,095 talking about this. 281.6k Followers, 24 Following, 40 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Dale G. Renlund (@dalegrenlund) He was one of three Apostles called to serve on Oct. 3, 2015, along with Elder Ronald A. Rasband and Elder Gary E. Stevenson. Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God October 2020. Several years ago my wife, Ruth, and I were serving in the Africa Southeast Area when we learned, sadly, that the Church’s registration with the country of Rwanda was invalid. “This is true both indoors and outdoors. Dale G. Renlund was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 3, 2015, after having served as a … Elder Renlund based his talk on a little-known verse from the Old Testament. They specifically said members should follow public health agency recommendations for. Copyright © 2020 Deseret News Publishing Company. We’re just going to have to be patient.”. “These steps demonstrate our love for others, and provide us a measure of protection. (Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Elder Dale G. Renlund speaks during a news conference at the Church Office Building in October 2015 soon after being named an … Only we can save us from this current surge. Consider the Goodness and Greatness of God April 2020. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and … After receiving B.A. Monday’s announcement by the church about a cautious first step toward reopening temples for work for deceased ancestors included another video by Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “As we anticipate performing more proxy ordinances in the temples, we do for others what they cannot do for themselves,” he said. As a result, the Church made the “agonizing decision” to close the branch in Rwanda. “As it relates to this pandemic, especially in temples, that means social distancing, wearing a mask and not gathering in large groups,” he said. Dale G. Renlund. newsletter, These four temples will be the first to resume ordinances for ancestors, Church leaders ask Latter-day Saints in Utah to wear face masks to fight COVID-19, Your safety and well-being will always be our utmost concern, asking them to wear face coverings when in public, masks must be worn throughout any visit to a Latter-day Saint temple, On March 4, church leaders asked members around the world to follow the health recommendations of the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Official Facebook page for Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. 489 talking about this. On Sunday night, President Russell M. Nelson and other church leaders wore face coverings during a broadcast of. Ours, need not be,” he said in the video. He married Ruth Lybbert in 1977. Elder Dale G. Renlund said Monday that wearing a face covering need not be politicized or contentious, the latest statement supporting masks made over the past nine months by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints By Tad Walch @Tad_Walch Dec 7, 2020, 5:28pm MST Since then, they have repeated that encouragement continuously while requiring masks in some settings and modeling the use of face coverings themselves: On Jan. 29, the church’s first public statements about the coronavirus were about a donation of respirator masks and other personal protective equipment to medical workers in a Shanghai children’s hospital. Doing so will help promote the health and general welfare of all.”. Elder Renlund spoke in a video released Monday morning, when church leaders announced that later this month, four temples in Oceania and Taiwan will become the first to reopen for proxy work since the church temporarily stopped performing ordinances for deceased ancestors on March 13. Its consequences are not yet fully understood.”. Dale G. Renlund was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November 1952. “We, the under-signed faith community leaders, appeal to people of faith all over the state to wear masks and practice physical distancing, sacrificing a small measure of comfort for the sake of saving lives. I speak to you as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Elder Renlund had served as a General Authority Seventy since April 2009 prior to being named to the Quorum of the Twelve. He previously served in the presidency of the Africa Southeast Area. “Sadly, responses to the pandemic have been politicized and contentious. “We’re very hopeful about getting back in the temples,” he said. All quotes by Dale G. Renlund and in blue. 776 talking about this. We recall that the greatest commandment is to love God, and the second is like unto it, to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Loving one’s neighbor as oneself since the arrival of COVID-19 includes wearing a mask, said Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. So, if you have loved ones that you want to protect, you have to follow these guidelines now.”. We note with appreciation the care exhibited by our members in returning to sacrament meetings wearing face masks. Several years ago while serving in the Africa Southeast Area, Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, learned the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ registration with the country of Rwanda was invalid. The only exception is during a baptism. Elder Dale G. Renlund said Monday that wearing a face covering need not be politicized or contentious, the latest statement supporting masks made over the past nine months by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. That way, when I walked the dog people would say, “There goes Dale with that masculine dog.” My wife, on the other hand, felt we should get a more petite dog and give it a more feminine name. Photographs showed leaders arriving with face coverings, too. Church leaders began encouraging mask use even before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11. This is connected to God doing justice to us. He was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and the Medical Director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals (UTAH) Cardiac Transplant Program. He also repeatedly has said that church leaders and members want “to be good global citizens and do what we can to control this contagious illness,” and has followed that statement by wearing a mask in public settings. More than 1.53 million people worldwide have died due to COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. He said that masks must be worn throughout any visit to a Latter-day Saint temple anywhere in the world. He has mild symptoms, she has none. When these kinds of differences in opinion occur in a marriage, you learn that you rationally discuss the situation, evaluate advantages and disadvantages, and resolve the conflict. The church reported on Saturday he and his wife tested positive for the virus. On Oct. 3-4, the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and other general church leaders wore face coverings and maintained physical distancing during the broadcasts of the church’s October general conference. The surges have prompted bipartisan calls in the United States to follow health guidelines. Wearing a face covering is a sign of Christlike love for our brothers and sisters. Dale G. Renlund was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November 1952. The Savior taught that the second great commandment, after loving God, was ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’”, Then he spoke about face coverings as a sign of Christlike love, adding that “As individuals, as families and as a church, we will be judged by how we treat the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our societies. 459 talking about this. The video was recorded before Elder Renlund tested positive for COVID-19. 2) We must treat others justly and not mistreat them. Elder Renlund tied that importance to wearing masks so temple work could continue. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, it wreaks havoc among those who are already disadvantaged.”. He has served in numerous church callings including full-time missionary in Sweden, stake president, bishop, and Area Seventy. Summary Points: 1) Our good works cannot save us. Their condition is being carefully monitored, but gratefully, Elder Renlund currently has just mild symptoms and Sister Renlund is asymptomatic. We need Christ. They are the parents of one daughter. We mask and we socially distance and we’re not having people in temples yet (for proxy work), but we’re into the second phase fully and we hope for a third soon that would allow more participation,” Elder Holland said, “but we’ll just have to be wise and medically and socially responsible, not rush that and put anyone at risk. An apostle said Monday that wearing a face covering during the pandemic is “a sign of Christlike love,” adding to numerous statements supporting masks made over the past nine months by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Ruth Lybbert in 1977. “Without these blessings, these deceased individuals are profoundly disadvantaged. Official Facebook page for Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. His comments came during a surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Elder Renlund and, in another video, Elder David A. Bednar, emphasized the fundamental importance of temple ordinances in Latter-day Saint practices and beliefs. Official Facebook page for Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. And we will continue to be prayerful and proceed with an abundance of caution. Elder Dale G. Renlund “Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God” (October 2020 General Conference) Conference Session: Sunday Afternoon. degrees from the University of Utah, Elder Renlund received further medical and research training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Salvation is not earned. Elder Dale G. Renlund: The True Power of Temple Work - YouTube The email was released to the public by the church, emphasizing that it was prepared and sent under authority from the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Dale G. Renlund was named to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 3, 2015. Elder Dale G. Renlund was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the Saturday afternoon session of general conference, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke on how temple and family history work bless the lives of the living. Go behind the scenes on what’s happening with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members. Key Verse. And we know precisely what to do. Official Facebook page for Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. COVID-19 is serious. Today I speak to you not as a former physician. Elder Dale G. Renlund and Sister Ruth L. Renlund have tested positive for COVID-19, despite carefully following recommended public health practices. “I want to be very frank to the American people,” Deborah Birx said on the NBC News show “Meet the Press.” “The vaccine is critical, but it’s not going to save us from this current surge. They are the parents of one daughter. and M.D. One cannot claim to love one’s neighbor while deliberately putting them at risk.”, “A growing chorus of medical authorities has confirmed that the simple wearing of a face covering when in public and when social distancing is not possible will significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said the email from three General Authority Seventies. Unwavering Commitment to Jesus Christ October 2019. On Nov. 7, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland responded to a question from the Deseret News at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Cliffs Utah Temple in St. George by saying that church leaders and members were wearing masks. On May 7, church leaders announced they would begin to reopen some temples for small-group marriage sealings with, On May 19, the church authorized the return of Sunday worship services with the requirement that members sit in families and those preparing, blessing and passing the sacrament, Throughout the spring, members in Utah joined an effort to, On June 24, Elder Randy D. Funk, a General Authority Seventy, represented the church in, On July 10, the Utah Area Presidency sent an email to all church members in the state. Abound with Blessings April 2019. Now we ask all Latter-day Saints in the Utah Area to be good citizens by wearing face coverings when in public. We’re not going to do anything foolish, and we’re honoring very carefully the guidelines.