County Council proclaims day of prayer amid pandemic

The Cache County Council has proclaimed a day of prayer on July 19 seeking "healing, comfort, wisdom and deliverance" in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

CACHE COUNTY – The Cache County Council has proclaimed Sunday, July 19 to be a day of prayer in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The proclamation, approved by the council members on Tuesday, July 14, cited the precedent of President Abraham Lincoln calling for a national day of prayer in the midst of the darkest days of the U.S. Civil War and President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 reminder to Americans to “… turn back to the oldest source of wisdom and strength …”

The proclamation also called the coronavirus pandemic “… a distressing time with suffering from sickness, death, anxiety, hopelessness, loneliness, abuse and loss …” and petitioned for “… the blessings of healing, comfort, wisdom and deliverance” for all county residents and others.

Council chair Karl Ward called that sentiment entirely appropriate at this time and praised the efforts of council member Gina Worthen to draft and solicit sponsors for the proclamation.

The seven members of the county council were supported in making the proclamation by the mayors of nine Cache Valley communities and the five members of the Logan City Council.

Those co-sponsors included Mayor Craig Hidalgo of Clarkston, Mayor Sharidean Flint of Hyde Park, Mayor Stephanie Miller of Hyrum, Mayor Kelly Field of Lewiston, Mayor Ed Buist of Mendon, Mayor Shawn Dustin of Nibley, Mayor John Drew of Providence, Mayor Jeff Young of Richmond and Mayor Jeff Barnes of Smithfield.

Members of the Logan City Council joining in the proclamation were Amy Anderson, Tom Jensen, Jess Bradfield, Mark Anderson and Jeannie Simmonds.

Julie Hollist Terrell of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau also signaled her endorsement of the proclamation.

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  • S July 15, 2020 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…….now if only they can help stop this “horrible pandemic” instead of allowing things like RODEOS!!! Happen in the midst of it?!?!…prayer is ALL good but DO YOUR JOBS!!!. VOTE THEM OUT

    • DRA July 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh………. you can just stay home!

      • McKenna Brunson July 16, 2020 at 10:39 pm Reply

        It doesnt help unless we all do it!

  • jjwatt July 15, 2020 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Just pray, you don’t need a mask!

    • S July 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm Reply

      Do u realize how BizZaR you sound??….

  • Eshner July 15, 2020 at 11:25 pm Reply

    And religion (yes, that one) gets another nose in the tent of government. Things have changed since the time of Lincoln. Please keep religion out of government.

    • S July 16, 2020 at 1:14 pm Reply

      AMen to that!

    • DRA July 16, 2020 at 1:51 pm Reply

      If you do a little study you will find out the amendment was to keep Government out of religion. “First Amendment. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • theNaturalist July 16, 2020 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Pray all you want if it helps you remember to wear your mask and be considerate of others, especially all those health care workers. Just don’t rely on prayer to protect you, your family, or your community from infection. Wear a mask and wash your hands, it’s not that complicated.

  • Aaron Toponce July 16, 2020 at 2:16 pm Reply

    “Our Brother
    Who art in Hell
    Cursed be thy name
    Thy Kingdom upon Earth has come
    Thy will be done in Hell as it is on Earth
    Grant us your power and might
    And lead us into temptation
    Deliver us unto evil
    Thine is the Kingdom of Earth
    The power and the glory
    Forever and ever
    So it is done.”

  • Charles Pietrowski July 16, 2020 at 4:28 pm Reply

    Prayer is essential for our nation and the world. My prayers are for our Leaders of our nation to humble themselves before God.
    The word of God, “If my people would humble themselves and repent of their sins, I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
    Please pray, God will hear and do as He promised.

  • Joseph Smith July 17, 2020 at 7:26 am Reply

    “God will hear and do as he promised”…adorable.

    Living among the mentally ill is tiresome and challenging, but also entertaining.

    Demons out!

  • Seth Kruger July 20, 2020 at 8:29 am Reply

    Oh boy – I long for leadership and not useless placation. The LDS church has already had 3 fasts for the virus (one for Italy specifically) and now local leaders are asking us to pray. How about some leadership and planning? What a useless “proclamation” done in order to rally the religious for votes, but no real ideas being shared. What an embarrassment, this is similar to praying over donuts to strengthen and nourish our bodies.

  • Lamide Osinkolu | With Prayers July 27, 2020 at 12:26 am Reply

    Halleluyah..Scripture says If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

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