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‘Mormon Land’: From the front lines, a Latter-day Saint ICU doctor offers his views of the war against COVID

Samuel Brown talks about science, his faith, the church’s response, the wonders of the vaccine, and why people should get the shots — yet not blame those who don’t.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Free Pfizer vaccines are shown at Weber State University Continuing Education Center in Ogden, Aug. 11, 2021. Dr. Samuel Brown, an intensive care unit physician-scientist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, says the vaccine is highly safe and effective.

The delta variant of COVID-19 is surging across the country, with nearly half of all Americans still not fully vaccinated. As the enduring pandemic once again grows dire, Utah hospitals have been overwhelmed with mostly unvaccinated patients battling the disease.

The new emergency prompted the top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to issue yet another, even more forceful, message last week to members to wear masks and get vaccinated.

Dr. Samuel Brown is witnessing the pandemic’s devastating toll up close, and all too personally, as an intensive care unit physician-scientist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

Brown, who doubles as a religious historian, is also the author of a new book, “Where the Soul Hungers: One Doctor’s Journey From Atheism to Faith.

On this week’s show, he talks about his experiences treating COVID-19, his thoughts about fellow Latter-day Saints who choose not to wear masks or be vaccinated, and how the pandemic has affected his faith.

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