This week on social: Standing apart from the world

President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted on Facebook on Sept. 13. He wrote about his time speaking at BYU’s devotional this week, in which he invited students to be different from the world.

He said, “More important than what an individual does as a student are the choices they are making in their personal lives — the priorities they are adopting consciously or subconsciously.”

Here are other social media posts from Church leaders this week.

“Life can be challenging — and teenage years can be especially challenging — but as we support one another and as we rely on Jesus Christ, He will help us through life’s trials,” tweeted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sept. 14 along with a video.

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson posted a video and message about creating space in the day for personal devotion to God. She said, “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each of us, and They want us to come home. Spending time each day in private acts of devotion will help us stay focused on the end goal of returning to Them.”

On Sept. 13 Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tweeted, “Open your heart to the voice of the Lord. As you go about doing well those things over which you have control, the Lord will be with you and direct your paths.”

On Facebook, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a video and five key doctrinal truths. He said, “A witness of truth by the power of the Holy Ghost that we invite into our soul produces a spiritual knowledge, an illumination, and a conviction more sure, more powerful, and more enduring than can be received through seeing, hearing, touching, or rational argument alone.”

Second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, Sister Rebecca L. Craven, shared a window-cleaning analogy on Facebook on Sept. 13. She said, “Daily cleaning of our own windows is done through the cherished gift of repentance.”

On Sept. 12, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tweeted a video of himself and wife, Sister Ruth Renlund, at the Young Adult Worldwide Devotional, as well as an invitation to read “Saints.”

He wrote, “This history is our shared heritage, whether we descend from these pioneers, subsequent pioneers, or if we are the pioneers in faith.”

Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a video on Facebook on Sept. 14. He said, “As disciples of Jesus Christ, we’re all equal, with no second-class groups. We mourn, rejoice, and are there for each other.”

On Facebook, Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, listed three things that brought her joy during her recent ministry in the Philippines. On Sept. 12, she listed:

  • The pedestrian lights in the Philippines
  • The wonderful, beautiful Filipino people
  • The house of the Lord

On Sept. 15, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles tweeted, “On behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was honored to receive the Medal of Honor of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions from [Kazakhstan President Qasym-Jomart Toqayev], given to those that contribute to the global interfaith dialogue.”

Elder Soares followed up with a Facebook video on Sept. 15 in reference to his time in Kazakhstan. He said, “Leaders of many different faiths were present, yet we all belong to the same human race, share the same human nature, and all share the same goal to develop hope in a world of suffering.”

On Sept. 15 on Facebook, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared a video and asked how individuals might respond to the Savior’s question, “Lovest thou me more than these?” President Ballard said, “Do the small things that make this world a better place.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles began a post on Sept. 16. by saying, “I was honored to virtually address members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ukraine a few days ago.”

He provided three principles to help face tragedies with confidence in a bright future. He said, “All wrongs will be righted, and we will see with perfect clarity and faultless perspective and understanding.”

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