The year ‘home-centered church,’ a pandemic and earthquake became realities

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If Kristin Kirby is being honest, there was a lot to like about “home-centered church” in 2020.

When church meetings were temporarily canceled last spring due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the Latter-day Saint wife and mother of five felt an excitement about being home together as a family, spending extra time with her husband, the bishop, and doing something different.

“I enjoyed the intimacy with my family and I’ll never ever forget watching my two boys pass the sacrament in my own home,” Kirby said. “That was one of the most special things I’ve ever been able to experience. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about going back to church because I enjoyed it so much.”

But even with fewer members, face masks and a list of safety guidelines, there was something equally “special” about returning to church a few months later.

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