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This Week on Social: ‘Come’ and watch these videos Church leaders posted this week

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Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelves Apostles describes how the Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes join together to become the Amazon River in an inspirational video message.

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Missionary work, gospel literacy and an apostle’s testimony of the Book of Mormon were some of the many subjects of videos shared on social media by Church leaders this week.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a series of videos on his Instagram page on Aug. 19 inviting Church members to “Come and See,” “Come and Help” and “Come and Stay.” These videos accompanied his blog posted to ChurchofJesusChrist.org on Aug. 16.

“Opening up and inviting others to learn about the gospel may feel hard or awkward to you,” he wrote in one of the posts. It is possible that others might be critical of the Church or unfriend the one doing the inviting. However, the Lord works in mysterious ways. It may be that by your Christlike response to rejection, a hardened heart could be softened.”

Sister Jean B. Bingham recently visited Relief Society sisters in Sierra Leone who have been “teaching one another to read using the gospel literacy program,” she wrote in an Aug. 20 Facebook post with a short video of the Relief Society general president being the recipient of one sister’s efforts.

As an ESL teacher, Sister Bingham understood their efforts and successes. “The confidence and happiness that develops when an individual can learn for herself and then teach the gospel to others is golden,” she wrote.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently spoke to a crowd of thousands gathered in the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, during a BYU Education Week devotional on Aug. 20. However, his audience was far larger than that thanks to the devotional being broadcast on Facebook Live on the apostle’s Facebook page.

“Over many years, I have deeply studied the events surrounding the coming forth of the Book of Mormon,” he wrote in the message accompanying the video, explaining that he would share his testimony of the Restoration of the gospel.

Two days earlier, on Aug. 18, he shared in an Instagram post how the week before, he had spoken to a group of single adults in the historic Brigham City Tabernacle.

In preparing his remarks, he felt an impression to focus on the importance of regularly serving in the temple, keeping covenants and cultivating an eternal perspective, he wrote in the post. 

“The eternal blessings of the temple will provide guidance for you — no matter your circumstance. It will bring a protective power and strength which you will need to face life’s unexpected challenges. The Lord knows you and He will help you.”

A recent inspirational video message was recently released by the Church. Entitled “One in Christ,” it features Elder Ulisses Soares describing how two rivers in Brazil joining and mixing together to become the Amazon River mirrors how followers of Christ can become united and powerful.

Like the Solimões and Rio Negro rivers, the people of the world are “different in color, in characteristics, in culture, in beliefs,” Elder Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says in the video, posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 18.

The teachings of Jesus Christ invite all to become one. “As we encounter the people of the world around us, we can choose to encourage and love one another as the gospel of Christ teaches,” he explained. “With His help, we can combine our unique qualities to form a mighty force for good, a force we cannot create alone. As the Solimões and Rio Negro unite to become the most powerful river in the world, so we as followers of Jesus can become united and powerful, flowing together as one. One with Christ and one with our neighbor.”

Sister Becky Craven of the Young Women general presidency shared a link to the August New Era on her Facebook page on Aug. 19. This issue, known as the Body Issue, focuses on how bodies are magnificent gifts to be cherished. 

Sister Craven added that these articles “come at a very critical time as we are trying to be less casual about our worship and more careful in keeping the commandments of God.”

Sister Michelle D. Craig of the Young Women general presidency contributed one of these articles. This article “addresses the danger of listening to the wrong voices in our lives,” she wrote in an Aug. 16 Facebook post.

“Each of us, as sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father, have divinity within us. Knowing who and whose we really are and keeping that belief forefront in our minds will allow us to disregard those voices that could cloud our identity and our purpose.”

Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency issued an invitation on Facebook on Aug. 18 for those in the Salt Lake City area to help Latter-day Saint Charities and Feeding Children Everywhere to package 375,000 meals for children. The project will be held Aug. 26-28 in conjunction with the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference.

A few weeks ago, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, met with youth in the Houston, Texas, area. One young woman asked how one can control his or her temper — which was a very good question, Elder Bednar added.

“Most of us already know the answer — pray to God for help,” he wrote in an Aug. 15 Instagram post. Rather than asking for what one wants or needs, something that can change in one’s prayers “is to pray for what God wants for you.”

With sincere desire and effort, “the Lord will help you become a little bit better each day.”

In an Aug. 18 Facebook post, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, asked how many thumbs up, heart and laughing emojis readers send every day on social or through text. 

“What if you showed those [emojis] in person?” she then asked. “Sometimes we all need a compliment, a gesture or a word of encouragement to show we have a real-life support system.”

Sister Lisa L. Harkness of the Primary general presidency shared in an Aug. 18 Facebook post that she loves being surrounded by African Latter-day Saints. 

“Even though there is profound poverty, there is also a wealth of great faith,” she wrote. “They know they are children of Heavenly Father and that He loves them.”

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