The faith of Latter-day Saints called upon to do battle against COVID-19 during church general conference

Tyler and Sheree Godfrey listen to a prayer as they watch the 190th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with their children Maddy, Gracie, Boston and Noah from their home in Holladay on Saturday, April 4, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — The suffering caused by COVID-19 surpassed 1.2 million cases on Saturday and the climbing death toll reached 64,667. Against that global backdrop, millions of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints scattered throughout the world gathered in houses, apartments, shacks and shanties to hear their prophet leader point the world toward Jesus Christ with… Read More

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Utah Jazz mailbag: Will anyone ever come close to breaking John Stockton’s 15,806 career total assists?

John Stockton drives and looks to pass off during game 5 of the NBA Finals in Chicago Friday June 12, 1998. PHOTO BY GARY M. MCKELLAR/DESERET NEWS | DNEWS SALT LAKE CITY — It’s going to take a little more than a global pandemic and the stoppage of all sports to get to me to stop talking, and thank goodness that’s the case because when I ask, you deliver. No basketball, no sports, no problem. I opened up the mailbag this week and got so many great responses. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me going through the tough times. I know that there are fans out there… Read More

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Salt Lake County’s 5 golf courses are now open under modified operations

Golfers play the first hole at Bonneville Golf Course in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News In compliance with Salt Lake County Health Department health orders, five Salt Lake County golf courses have begun operating under new social distancing guidelines to protect the health of patrons and employees. Courses have been taking reservations since Friday after being closed for three weeks. Five courses, Meadow Brook, Riverbend, Mick Riley, Old Mill and Mountain View, will be operating under modified operations. South Mountain is not yet open. Five Salt Lake City courses had opened a day earlier. Here are the modified rules for the county… Read More

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Twitter reacts to the new church symbol, Good Friday fast

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Conference Center in Salt Lake City is devoid of conferencegoers during the 190th Annual General Conference on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the conference is being broadcast without church members in attendance. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Social media reacted to Saturday night’s session of general conference The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new symbol and a Good Friday fast for relief from the COVID-19 pandemic at the 190th Annual General Conference on Saturday. President Russel M. Nelson spoke at the end of Saturday’s evening session, where he introduced a new symbol for… Read More

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Trump says the fired Navy commander’s letter pleading for help for his coronavirus-stricken ship ‘looked terrible’ and was ‘not appropriate’

President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday he agreed “100%” with the Navy’s decision to fire the commander who sent a letter pleading for help with the coronavirus outbreak on his ship. “I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter? I mean, this isn’t a class on literature. This is a captain of a massive ship that’s nuclear-powered,” Trump said. Navy officials said they fired Capt. Brett Crozier because he bypassed the chain of command by sending the letter, and wasn’t careful with who the information was sent to. Crozier has been hailed in the wake of his firing, with his sailors giving him a raucous… Read More

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High school sports 20 for 20: Grantsville’s Maddie Peterson hopes last softball hurrah isn’t a one-game senior season

Grantsville’s Maddie Peterson pitches in last year’s state championship game victory over Manti. | Laura Seitz Weber State commit pitched Grantsville to a win in its only game this season on the eve of spring sports being suspended last month Editor’s Note: For 20 days in April, the Deseret News will profile 20 elite high school athletes from the 2020 graduating class and how they’re coping with the premature end of senior life on and off the field. GRANTSVILLE — Maddie Peterson was blindsided by the news that all high school sports were being suspended. By her own admission, Grantsville’s reigning 3A softball MVP rarely paid attention to national current… Read More

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President Nelson announces new church symbol and a challenge to fast on Good Friday for relief of global pandemic

President Russell M. Nelson addresses Latter-day Saints worldwide from the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City during the 190th Annual General Conference on Saturday morning, April 4, 2020. | IRI SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson memorably ended the first day of an international 190th Annual General Conference reshaped by a global coronavirus pandemic by calling for a worldwide fast on Good Friday. “Let us unite in pleading for healing throughout the world,” he said. “Good Friday would be the perfect day to have our Heavenly Father and his Son hear us.” President Nelson also introduced a new official symbol of the church. The symbol consists of… Read More

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