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President Nelson calls for a global Good Friday fast for relief from COVID-19

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, President Russell M. Nelson from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called on members and friends of the Church to fast again for relief from COVID-19. The global fast will take place on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.

“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! … Let us prayerfully plead … that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened, and life normalized.”

The Church president taught that a customary fast is two meals or a period of 24 hours.

Church members observe the law of the fast every month. It is an ancient doctrine practiced since the days of Moses, David, Esther, Isaiah, and Daniel for the purpose of drawing closer to God and requesting His blessings.

“So, during times of deep distress, as when illness reaches pandemic proportions, the most natural thing for us to do is to call upon our Heavenly Father and His Son—the Master Healer—to show forth Their marvelous power to bless the people of the earth,” President Nelson said.

Click here to read more about the Church members’ practice on fasting.

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