With both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays for the upcoming holiday season, the First Presidency has announced Sunday meeting schedule adjustments affecting worship services, administrative meetings and fast-day observance.
The adjustments were released in a Nov. 10 First Presidency letter — signed by President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — distributed to General Authorities and General Officers, Area Seventies; stake, district and mission presidents; bishops; and branch presidents.
The letter was also published Thursday, Nov. 10, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
For Christmas Day, Dec. 25, the First Presidency said Church services and administrative and council meetings on that day should be limited to sacrament meeting in each ward and branch.
Stake presidents and district presidents, in consultation with their bishops and branch presidents, have the option to adjust sacrament meeting start times to best accommodate local leaders and members, the letter stated.
Stake and district presidents may consider setting an alternative Sunday other than Jan. 1, 2023, for observing fast day for that month.
Also, if Church organizations or units sponsor New Year’s Eve socials on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, dancing or similar activities should be discontinued at midnight, allowing participants to return home immediately thereafter and be available to participate in regular Sunday meetings, the letter said.