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Elder and Sister Renlund test positive for COVID-19

Elder Dale G. Renlund and Sister Ruth Renlund speak at a leaders meeting in the Philippines. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during a devotional broadcast to young adults in the North America Central Area on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Credit: Screenshot ChurchofJesusChrist.org
Elder Dale G. Renlund and President M. Russell Ballard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talk prior to the closing session of the 188th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News, Deseret News
Elder Dale G. Renlund hands a child to her mother following a leadership training in Kingston, Jamaica, on Feb. 22, 2020. The apostle visited the island as part of the Caribbean Area annual review. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Dale G. Renlund shakes the hand of a young boy in Martinique during a visit to the island on Feb. 18, 2020. The apostle visited the Caribbean Area in February as part of the annual area review. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund and Elder Dale G. Renlund enjoyed successful professional careers as an attorney and a cardiologist, respectively. Credit: Mike Terry, Deseret News
Elder Dale G. Renlund
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife Ruth walk out of the Administration Building in Salt Lake City, Oct 6, 2015. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, speak during the 2018 Mission Leadership Seminar at the Provo Missionary Training Center on June 24-26. Credit: Leslie Nilsson, Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife Ruth in Salt Lake City, Oct 6, 2015. Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to a Church spokesman.

They contracted the virus “despite carefully following recommended public health practices,” said Eric Hawkins in a statement released Saturday afternoon.

“Their condition is being carefully monitored, but gratefully, Elder Renlund currently has just mild symptoms and Sister Renlund is asymptomatic,” said Hawkins in the statement. “Other Church leaders are being tested and taking precautions because of this potential exposure.

Elder Dale G. Renlund with his wife, Sister Ruth Lybbert Renlund.
Elder Dale G. Renlund with his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund. | Credit: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

“The Church is following all appropriate health protocols for contact tracing and will continue to follow health guidelines for this virus to protect Church leaders and the community,” said Hawkins. “We continue to encourage all to take steps to protect themselves and one another during this pandemic, including wearing masks, frequently washing hands, and social distancing.”

Elder Renlund has served as a General Authority since April 2009 and was sustained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Oct. 3, 2015. A physician prior to full-time Church service, Elder Renlund worked as a professor of medicine at the University of Utah and the medical director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals Cardiac Transplant Program.

Speaking in October general conference two months ago, Elder Renlund taught that without the blessings that come from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, a person can never realize salvation. But because of Christ’s Atonement, returning to Their presence is possible.

“We can be redeemed and stand pure and clean before God,” he said.

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