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This Week on Social: What a poisonous weed taught Sister Craig about how Satan works


Nightshade found by Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women General presidency, in her yard. Sister Craig shared a lesson she learned from this experience on Facebook.

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This week on social media, Church leaders testified of the Lord’s work being done in the latter days and invited people to join them in doing that work.

In a video posted to Instagram on Sept. 3, President Russell M. Nelson sits next to Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and shares that there is a lot of work to be done in the latter days. He described an impression he had while ministering in Central and South America — that the people there were reserved for and being prepared for the Lord’s Second Coming.

“The Lord has reserved you for these modern days on the earth,” President Nelson said. “The Restoration is a continuing process. We have a lot to do before the Lord will come again. And we are going to do it.”

On his Instagram account, Elder Cook expressed some of the feelings he had while accompanying President Nelson in Central and South America

“It was amazing to witness President Russell M. Nelson stand up in front of thousands of people and deliver such a sacred, profound message that met the needs of the people who were there,” Elder Cook said. “This was an experience never to be forgotten by those of us who had the chance to hear him speak.” 

After finding a poisonous weed in her yard, Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, related her experience to the gospel in a Facebook post on Aug. 30. 

Her neighbor had warned Sister Craig after finding the deadly nightshade in her own yard. When Sister Craig saw the red berries and purple flowers in her ground cover and bushes, she said she felt sick. Despite the outward beauty, just a few of its berries could kill a child. 

“I thought about the way that Satan works,” she said. “His tactics remind me of deadly nightshade. He makes sin look alluring and harmless. He wants our sins to go unchecked, something that can have severe consequences.”

Sister Craig then, like her neighbor did for her, sounded a warning and bore her testimony.

“Satan is unleashing all of his tactics, subtle and not so subtle,” she said. “How grateful I am for the gift of repentance and my knowledge that following a living prophet with exactness will provide the desired protection we all seek.”

In a Sept. 5 Instagram post, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invited followers to reflect on Joseph Smith’s age at the time of the First Vision. He said that God had felt Joseph had reached a level of maturity to begin building a testimony that would enable him to be the prophet who would restore Jesus Christ’s Church to the earth. 

“Might we also assume,” he continued, “then, that generally this is also the age other young people can have the beginnings of a mature testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, watching that testimony develop in future years into the powerful guiding force it is to be for the rest of eternity?”

On Sept. 1, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple. In an Instagram post on Sept. 4, Elder Bednar reflected on the devastating earthquake nearly 10 years ago, the historic significance of the event and the impact it has on the people of Haiti.

“Even from Salt Lake City, I could almost sense the members of the Church in Haiti rejoice when the temple was announced,” Elder Bednar said of President Thomas S. Monson’s announcement of the temple in 2015. 

“Just like every other temple, the Port-au-Prince temple is a place of supernal peace that prepares us to live in the world with purpose and strength,” he said. “May we each remember the significance of temple ordinances and covenants in our lives.”

Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, shared an Ensign article written by Sister Jean B. Bingham, the Relief Society general president. The Facebook post mentioned how a cataract surgery was able to change the way Sister Bingham saw the world around her. Sister Aburto said that people often have blurry vision when it comes to the way they see themselves.

“Gaining spiritual vision allows us to see ourselves (and others) as we truly are,” she said. She then asked, “Have you had an experience when ‘spiritual vision’ changed the way you thought about yourself (or someone else)?”  

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