This week on social: Elder Soares shares a photo mosaic of Christ, 4 phrases about the Atonement from Elder Gong

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used social media this week to remind their followers of the important role that Christ and his atoning sacrifice can play in the lives of His followers. Their posts remind that through Christ's love and the companionship of the Holy Ghost, His disciples never need feel alone or without hope.

On Friday, Aug. 24, the Instagram account of Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a photo of a mosaic picture of Christ which hangs in Elder Soares' office at Church headquarters.

In the post, Elder Soares details in both English and his native Portuguese, that the mosaic was given to him by friends from Brazil.

"I have experienced much change in my life in the past few months, and this image has been a constant for me on the wall in my office," the post reads. "As I look at this beautiful mosaic and contemplate the peaceful countenance of the Savior, I remember that He is constant in our lives. I know He is always there for you, as He has been for me. He is there for us in the good times and in the bad. His hand is always stretched out, and it is our blessing and opportunity to reach back to Him so that we can welcome His love and guidance in every moment of life."

The social media accounts of Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a shared message on Friday, Aug. 24. The post included a photo of Elder Gong's stationary with four phrases written on it.

The note read:

"Thank you!"

"I love you!"

"Please forgive me ..."

"I forgive you ..."

These four phrases act as a way of expressing the Atonement, Elder Gong explained. "In each we feel our Savior’s love for us as we extend His love and forgiveness to others," his post read. "Each eases pain, offers hope and comfort, and reconciles injustices and hurts that come from living in a world of sticks and stones."

Using these phrases in our everyday relationships can make our lives, richer and more peaceful and whole, the post concludes.

Posting a video clip from Elder Neil L. Andersen's 2005 conference talk titled "Beware of the Evil behind the Smiling Eyes," the Facebook and Instagram accounts of Elder Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted reminders of the importance of the Holy Ghost on Friday, Aug. 24.

The post reads, "Let us live worthy of receiving the promptings of the Holy Ghost, that we may be kept spiritually safe."

Stating some of the spiritual dangers that are present in the world today, the post said the guiding influence of the Holy Ghost is necessary to keep on the covenant path.

The [Facebook]( and [Instagram]( accounts of Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted on Sunday, Aug. 26, about the release of the new Church history book "Saints," which is scheduled for release on Sept. 4.

The post details what Elder Cook has found in reading the new book. "As I read through the pages, I am amazed at the commitment, devotion, and love of God that is so evident in the lives of early Latter-day Saints."

Encouraging members to read the chapters which are already available online through the Church's website and library app, the post continues, "I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the richness and vibrancy of the telling of the true stories that are such an important part of the restoration of the Lord’s church."

Continuing with the theme of repentance, the Twitter account of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reminded others of the gift of repentance. Regardless of past sins, all can find forgiveness and glory through the power of repentance, the post details.

The Facebook account of Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, posted a reminder on Wednesday, Aug. 30, of Christ's knowledge of our individual experiences.

"Though sinless, (Christ) experienced what it felt like to sin. He also knows how you feel when you’re alone, hurt, sad, desperate, and anxious," the post reads. "He knows the depths of how your friends and family members feel when they experience those emotions. He wants us to experience a measure of peace during these times of trial so that we can grow and develop, so that we can 'increase.' We are known and loved by Jesus Christ. Regardless of what you may be experiencing, the never-changing fact is that you are a daughter of God, and you can turn to Christ for peace."

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