Attending Services

Letter from The First Presidency, February 18, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We are grateful that the Lord has heard the prayers of so many and provided the direction that has allowed us to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic which, in some areas of the world, continues. As governments begin to modify the requirements for travel, masks, and other protective measures, we offer the following direction.

We are now encouraging Area Presidencies, in consultation with stake presidencies, to determine on a local basis whether masks should be worn or other precautions should be observed in the various Church meetings and activities. In doing so, local leaders should consider the guidance of local health and government officials and local customs and conditions.

For the time being, masks will still be required in temples, where so many who attend are part of an elderly, more vulnerable population and where our desire is to keep temples open and to have as many as possible participate.

We thank you for your faithfulness in heeding the counsel provided by Church leaders and pray the Lord's continued blessings upon you.

Sincerely,

Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
Henry B. Eyring

Letter from The First Presidency, August 12, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We find ourselves fighting a war against the ravages of COVID-19 and its variants, an unrelenting pandemic. We want to do all we can to limit the spread of these viruses. We know that protection from the diseases they cause can only be achieved by immunizing a very high percentage of the population.

To limit exposure to these viruses, we urge the use of face masks in public meetings whenever social distancing is not possible. To provide personal protection from such severe infections, we urge individuals to be vaccinated. Available vaccines have proven to be both safe and effective.

We can win this war if everyone will follow the wise and thoughtful recommendations of medical experts and government leaders. Please know of our sincere love and great concern for all of God’s children.

The First Presidency

Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
Henry B. Eyring

Letter from Stake Presidency, May 15, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are so appreciative of your support and diligence over the past 14 months as we have worked together to manage the many challenges and safety guidelines associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout these unique times, we have received counsel and guidance from the First Presidency and Utah Area Presidency to comply with all directives and guidelines from federal, state and local safety guidelines and protocols. As a stake presidency, in counsel with the bishops, we have tried to adhere to the many Covid-19 guidelines as they have been presented and updated. We will continue to do so as we move forward.

As infection rates in Utah continue to decrease and vaccinations significantly increase, we have reached another milestone in our return to normal church meetings and activities. As many of you know, Governor Cox recently lifted the mandatory mask mandate with the exception of gatherings over 50 and in K-12 settings. This week the State of Utah has announced that they will lift the mask mandate for K-12 schools during the last week of school starting on May 21st. This week, the CDC also announced that fully vaccinated people can go maskless both indoors and outdoors and can begin to resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic. They also stated that those who are not fully vaccinated should continue with the recommended safety and health precautions.

To follow these new guidelines, the Burch Creek Stake will no longer require face masks during our Sunday worship services. Face masks will now be optional in all our church meetings and activities. We encourage each of you to be familiar with the latest recommendations and safety guidelines from both the CDC and the Governor’s Office and to prayerfully determine what is right for you, your family, and those around you based on your individual circumstances.

  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

  • https://governor.utah.gov/issues/covid-19/

As we take this next step, please extend a measure of grace and patience with each other and be respectful of one another. It has been a challenging time for everyone and it is now time to begin the healing process.

As was mentioned previously, each ward in the Burch Creek Stake will continue to make the 1st hour worship service available virtually via Burchcreek.org (with the exception of the administration of the sacrament). Starting on Sunday May 23rd, all 2nd hour classes (Sunday School, Relief Society, Elders Quorum, Young Men, Young Women, and Primary) will be held in-person directly after the conclusion of the sacrament services. Virtual options for these classes at a ward level will be discontinued at that time. We understand there are some who will still be unable to attend those classes in person. As a temporary transition- starting on May 23rd- the stake will be offering a virtual class each Sunday at 2:15 PM for any adult member unable to attend their individual ward classes in person. A link to these classes can be found at Burchcreek.org in the Stake Meeting section.

1st and 3rd Sunday - 2:15 PM Sunday School / Gospel Doctrine

2nd and 4th Sunday - 2:15 PM Relief Society and Elders Quorum

Additional updates and adjustments will be communicated as conditions allow. We hope that as we gather each Sunday to worship our Savior Jesus Christ and to participate in sacred ordinances and to renew our covenants, that this may be a special time of spiritual replenishment for each of you.

We love and appreciate each of you and your continued support.

Burch Creek Stake Presidency

Dan Dillingham

Richard Taylor

Doug Anderson

Note: Starting Sunday, July 18, the virtual 2nd hour classes were discontinued.

Letter from Stake Presidency, May 5, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

We have recently received direction from the Utah Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints regarding returning to Church meetings and activities in the Utah area.

Following the directions given by the Utah Area Presidency- the Stake Presidency, Bishoprics, the Stake Council, and Ward Councils of the Ogden Burch Creek Stake have discussed and agreed upon the following plan. In accordance with state and local guidelines, the Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake will make the following updates to worship services and activities starting on May 23rd, 2021.

  • Sacrament meeting will be held in person for all members who desire to attend with no restriction on the number of members attending. To make this work some meeting times may change.

  • A broadcast of sacrament meeting will continue to be provided for members who are not able to attend due to health concerns. The virtual broadcast will continue to be available at Burchcreek.org

  • The sacrament will continue to be administered at the end of the worship service and will not be broadcast, and we will continue to practice similar safety and social distance precautions that have been practiced for the past several months during the administration of the sacrament.

  • Members who will not be attending in person and will participate in worship services virtually should contact their bishop to receive permission to administer the sacrament in their homes.

  • Second hour classes will now be held in person on Sunday directly after sacrament meeting for all organizations. Broadcast options will be made available on Burchcreek.org for Relief Society, Elders Quorum and Gospel Doctrine. Virtual options for youth classes and primary will no longer be available.

  • As we resume utilizing the entire ward building, we ask all members of the ward to assist with the cleaning of areas that are used during Sunday and weekday meetings and activities.

  • Religious services are exempted from guidelines of the most recent State Public Health Order. However, out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to be good global citizens and to migrate the spread of coronavirus, members are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing in all in-person church meetings and indoor activities.

This letter will be followed by communications from your individual bishops with additional information on meeting times, classroom locations, cleaning guidelines, etc.

Thank you for your patience and faithful service throughout the changes made to our worship services and activities over the past year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited for this next phase. We ask that all members of the stake be patient as we make these transitions and that you help to keep the spirit with us as we gather to worship our Savior Jesus Christ.

We are inspired by your diligence, commitment, and faith. We love you and look forward to meeting with you all again.

Burch Creek Stake Presidency

Dan Dillingham
Richard Taylor
Doug Anderson

Letter from Stake Presidency, April 10, 2021

Dear Members of the Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake,

We hope you are all doing well. The purpose of this letter is to address questions that we have been receiving in regard to the end of HB294, the Utah Mask Mandate and also the recent announcement on April 8, 2021 from the Utah Area Presidency regarding returning to church meetings and activities in the Utah area.

We have been asked by our church leaders to comply with all directives from state and local government agencies to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, which include masks and social distancing. The end of the Utah mask mandate does not apply to gatherings of 50 or more people.

For the time being, we will continue Sunday meeting as we have for the past several months. Our in-person gatherings will continue to be limited to 150 in attendance. For those who attend sacrament meeting in person each week, we ask that you continue to wear a mask and to practice social distancing. These meetings will also continue to be available for live stream on Burchcreek.org. All 2nd hour meetings will continue to be held virtually.

At the request of the Utah Area Presidency, we, along with your bishops and others will begin meeting to develop our stake plan for how we will over time return to in-person church meetings and activities for all organizations. As was stated in the letter from the Utah Area Presidency, “we are getting closer to a time when we can return to our normal church meetings and activities”.

We ask that each of you be patient as we work on developing and introducing a plan for returning to in-person meetings and activities for all organizations. We anticipate that over the next several weeks we will begin introducing a framework for the next steps toward in-person church meetings and activities for all ward organizations.

We love you and pray for the Lord's choicest blessings to be with you.

With love and appreciation,

The Stake Presidency

Dan Dillingham
Richard Taylor
Doug Anderson

Letter from Stake Presidency, September 22, 2020

Dear Members of the Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake,

We hope you are all doing well. This letter is to provide an update, in response to the recent announcement on September 11, 2020 from the First Presidency and supplemental information from the Utah Area Presidency regarding a return to weekly Sunday meetings.

At the request of the Utah Area Presidency, we, along with your bishops have been meeting to develop our stake plan for implementing the changes as they have been presented. We will be presenting our proposed plan later this week for final approval. Currently our target is for the Burch Creek Stake to begin weekly Sunday meetings beginning on October 11th.

At that time, each ward will begin holding weekly sacrament meetings in their buildings. These meetings will also be broadcast live over the internet to those ward members who are not able to attend that week. We hope that this change will bring a greater feeling of unity for all members of the ward, as you worship together weekly.

During these weekly meetings we have been asked to continue to practice and observe the same safety and health guidelines that we have during phase 1. We continue to have larger wards meet as two smaller groups. These smaller groups will rotate weeks, by attending in person one week and then participating via the internet the following week.

Worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holders will continue to be authorized to administer the sacrament in their homes on those weeks when they participate in sacrament meeting remotely. Bishops will also authorize brethren to assist those members in the ward who desire to have the sacrament administered in their homes.

All members of the ward will have an opportunity to begin participating in 2nd hour meetings (Relief Society, Elders Quorum, Sunday School, Young Men, Young Women’s) via the internet each week using the rotation that was implemented with the Home Centered / Church Supported 2 hour block.

You will be receiving additional detailed information from your bishops soon, which will provide meeting times, class schedules, and instructions on participating remotely.

We ask that each of you review this information with your families and prayerfully consider how you can help your bishops, and how you can work together as a ward to successfully implement this next phase of safely returning to church meetings.

We also encourage all members of the Burch Creek Stake to prepare spiritually for the upcoming General Conference Sessions, which will be held on October 4 & 5. Strengthen your homes and your families through home centered worship, Come Follow Me, and regular scripture study. As we follow the prophet’s direction in these matters, we have been promised that our homes can become holy places, and that our families can be strengthened to withstand the ever-increasing onslaught of the adversary.

We have been promised that if we are spiritually prepared, God will speak to us. He often does this through His prophets and apostles.

We love you and pray for the Lord's choicest blessings to be with you. We look forward to worshipping with you again soon.

With love and appreciation,

Burch Creek Stake Presidency,

Dan Dillingham
Richard Taylor
Doug Anderson

Letter from Stake Presidency, June 11, 2020

Dear Members of the Ogden Utah Burch Creek Stake,

We hope you are all doing well. In response to the recent announcement on May 19, 2020 from the First Presidency regarding a return to Sunday meetings we wanted to reach out to you with additional information.

Below you will find helpful information in response to some of the more commonly asked questions we have received regarding our plans for returning to our Sunday church meetings. We ask that each of you review this information with your families and prayerfully consider how you can help your bishops, and how you can work together as a ward to successfully implement the plan in each of your wards. We miss seeing each of you at church, we miss the friendships and the opportunities to worship together, we miss the strength of your testimonies and your examples, we desire to be together again, but we need to do so safely.

Q: When will we begin meeting together for Sacrament Meeting?

A: We have been instructed to move forward with “an abundance of caution, and to return to regular practices slowly”. After several meetings in counsel with the bishops we have determined the Burch Creek Stake will resume limited church services beginning in July.

Each bishop will be sending out specific details to the members of their wards regarding which Sundays their ward will be meeting and how the wards will be divided into smaller groups so that they can stay within the guidelines we have received regarding social distancing during the meeting and also limiting the size of the gathering based on CDC recommendations and state regulations.

Q: What will sacrament meeting be like?

A: We have been instructed that during Phase 1 sacrament meetings should be kept simple and to less than 45 minutes. The primary purpose of this meeting will be the Ordinance of the Sacrament. Announcements which are generally made at the beginning of the meeting will be communicated during the week via e-mail and Facebook groups by the Ward Communications Specialist.

Those attending will be asked to sit by households every other row in specified areas, in an effort to follow social distancing guidelines. We have been asked to ensure that there is at least 6 feet between each family group (side to side and front to back).

Those attending will be asked to not congregate in lobbies or other areas of the building. When you arrive we ask that you be seated and when the meeting concludes we ask that you exit the building a row at a time so that cleaning and preparations can be made for the next meeting.

The doors used to enter and exit the buildings will be limited and portions of the building will remain closed, in order to limit the number of touch points and areas which need to be cleaned in between meetings.

  • Some other considerations which will be followed:

  • Hymn books will not be used.

  • Programs will not be printed.

  • Please refrain from handshakes, knuckles, or elbow bumps.

  • Please maintain safe distance when at all possible (preferably a social distance of at least 6 feet)

  • Everyone will exit the building by rows when meetings end to allow those responsible for cleaning to do a good job without having to rework areas.

  • Assignments will be made for ward members to clean the building and sacrament trays before and after each meeting.

  • Please enter and leave the church through the doors which are propped open, some doors on each building will remain locked.

  • Please try to minimize touching things unnecessarily.

Q: Who should attend?

A: All members of the stake are invited to attend; however we have been asked to strongly encourage anyone 65 years old and older and any at-risk members to continue to stay home and worship in your home for the time being. These members can continue to have the sacrament in their homes with your bishop’s approval.

If you are sick or don’t feel well for any reason; if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, runny nose or sore throat, please stay home. Even if you do not feel sick and believe some of your symptoms may only be seasonal allergies, we ask that out of respect for others that you stay home and not distract from the spirit of the meeting. The health and safety of all members is our top priority.

If you feel hesitant or unsafe about attending, please understand that we will be taking safety precautions to help keep our building safe and clean. However, if you feel like you are not ready to return to church at this time, we understand and will look forward to seeing you when you are comfortable to attend. We have been given wonderful resources to assist us in our home centered worship.

Please understand that everyone is in a different place in how they feel about attending and we need to be respectful of each other’s feelings and decisions.

Q: How will the sacrament be administered?

A: Priesthood holders blessing and passing the sacrament will be wearing masks and will sanitize their hands immediately prior to the administration of the sacrament. The pieces of bread will be spaced out on the trays. Water trays will have the cups spaced out. The priesthood holder passing the sacrament will offer the tray to all members – members will not pass it to each other. Used sacrament cups will not be returned to the tray. Special care should be taken in helping children retrieve the bread and water.

Special care will be given to help keep the ordinance of the sacrament sacred and holy, allowing those participating to be able concentrate on the renewal of their covenants and on Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice for each of us.

Q: Do we need to wear masks?

A: It is a well-established fact that Covid-19 can spread easily in large group gatherings and that social distancing can help to slow the spread. Although there are many who contracted Covid-19 and have recovered and are doing well, there are also thousands of families who lives have been forever impacted due to the loss of loved ones and friends from this virus. We have received many guidelines from the First Presidency and the Utah Area Presidency we have carefully reviewed and considered them all as we counseled together with the bishops to put together our plan. We have been asked that we put the health and safety of all members of the stake as a top priority.

The CDC has highly recommended the wearing of masks in public places, especially in larger gatherings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. We understand that there are varied opinions on the effectiveness of masks, however many experts feel that they are helpful in slowing the spread. In our effort to consider the health and safety of all our members, we ask that you wear a cloth face mask while attending the sacrament services. If you do not have a cloth face mask the relief society in each ward has been making extra masks which are available for members of the ward at no cost.

Q: What about Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society and Priesthood meetings?

A: We have been asked to limit Sunday meetings held in our buildings to a shortened sacrament service only at this time. Ward members are asked to continue home centered church and Come Follow Me, for other worship on Sunday and throughout the week.

Q: What about youth activities?

A: In most instances, youth meetings and activities should still be held via technology; however infrequent gatherings of quorums and classes could be considered if all social distancing and other government regulations are followed. In-person youth gatherings should be small at first (fewer than 20 people) and be held only as quorums and classes, not combined. It is recommended that these gatherings be held outside. No Primary or Activity Days activities will be held at this time.

We encourage all members of the Burch Creek Stake to take this great opportunity during the month of June, to strengthen your homes and your families through home centered worship, Come Follow Me, and regular scripture study. As we follow the prophet’s direction in these matters, we have been promised that our homes can become holy places, and that our families can be strengthened to withstand the ever-increasing onslaught of the adversary. The Lord is anxious for us to learn and to grow though our current challenges.

We also invite each of you to look for ways to increase your efforts to follow the prophets counsel to minister to one another. There are many who are alone, who are struggling spiritually, temporarily, or otherwise. We each have an opportunity to make a difference, through ministering the way the Savior would, through a kind word, a personal heart felt connection, or a simple act of service. Follow the spiritual promptings you have been given on simple ways that you could make a difference in someone’s life. Check in on those who you have not seen or heard from in a while.

During general conference, President Nelson said “We live in the day that our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation. We have front-row seats to witness live what the prophet Nephi saw only in a vision” take a moment to ponder the significance of that statement as you watch or read the daily news. President Nelson also said “Our Heavenly Father knows that when we are surrounded by uncertainty and fear, what will help us the very most is to hear his Son. Because when we seek to hear – truly hear – His Son, we will be guided to know what to do in any circumstance”.

Thank you so much for your faithfulness and for ministering to one another during this uncertain time. We testify that God is mindful of us.

We love you and pray for the Lord's choicest blessings to be with you. We look forward to worshipping with you again soon.

With love and appreciation,

The Stake Presidency

Dan Dillingham
Richard Taylor
Doug Anderson