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2020 church youth conferences to be postponed to 2021

FILE Credit: Church Newsroom

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints postponed its “For the Strength of Youth” (FSY) conferences, scheduled for 2020 in the United States and Canada, to 2021 instead.

In an update to the church’s website, church leaders said registration fees will be refunded to those who have already paid.

Youth conferences postponed

“Stakes invited to attend FSY conferences in 2020 will now attend in 2021,” the church said in a statement on the site.

The statement continued that the decision on whether to hold youth conferences outside of the U.S. and Canada will be up to area presidencies.

“These decisions will be made in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines established by governments in their communities and countries,” the statement said.

Other aspects of religious life changed

“All leaders should continue to abide by the direction given March 12, 2020, by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—namely, that all public gatherings of Church members, including branch, ward, and stake activities, are temporarily suspended worldwide,” church leaders advised.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a number of adjustments to its plans in the last few weeks. Those included a digital-only general conference at the beginning of April, bringing missionaries home from overseas, closing church historic sites and suspending large gatherings, including worship services.

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 spreads from person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet)
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.)
  • Get a flu shot.

Local resources

State of Utah:

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States