SALT LAKE CITY — President Russell M. Nelson posted a message to those who participated in recent fasts via social media Friday.

“I wish to express my deep gratitude to all who participated in the recent fasts — both on Good Friday, April 10, and on Sunday, March 29 — as we joined together to petition our Heavenly Father for relief from the effects of COVID-19,” he wrote. “I was humbled to learn of friends from many faiths all over the world who joined with us to appeal for relief.”

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He concluded the brief message with optimism for the future and encouraged everyone to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.

“As we look forward to a recovery from this worldwide pandemic, I pray that we will find a stronger relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ,” President Nelson wrote. “He is our Master Healer. He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort.”

The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared the message on his social media accounts, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.