This Week on Social: President Eyring, Sister Eubank talk on trials and how to keep faith

On social media this week, Church leaders posted words of encouragement and counsel to those enduring trials and doubts.

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, talked about the purpose of tests in a June 10 Facebook post, reminding Church members that "every person living is in the midst of a test."

President Eyring's post continued, saying that each person's test will differ in severity, timing and duration, but two things will be the same for everyone: they will stretch the person enough that they feel the need for help beyond their own power, and God will make deliverance available to them.

Every person living is in the midst of a test. We have been granted by God the precious gift of life in a world created...

Posted by Henry B Eyring on Sunday, June 10, 2018

Similarly, on President M. Russell Ballard's account, the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a reminder that faith in God and Jesus Christ is "absolutely essential" in maintaining a balanced perspective through trials.

Faith in God and in His Son, Jesus Christ, is absolutely essential for us to maintain a balanced perspective through...

Posted by M Russell Ballard on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Keeping with the theme of enduring trials, Sister Sharon Eubank's Facebook account shared a story about a young Australian woman named Hannah who recently visited the Relief Society general presidency in Salt Lake City.

Sister Eubank compared Hannah's story of serving a mission in the Philippines during super-typhoon Yolanda to the story of Patience Loader, a young pioneer woman who walked in the Martin Handcart Company. Though life is not always what people hope for, Sister Eubank quoted what Patience was told during her time of trial: "Travel on. There is help for you. You will come to a good place where there is plenty."

I met Hannah the first time on a ferry in Sydney, Australia. She told me she was serving her mission in Tacloban...

Posted by Sharon Eubank on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Additionally, Elder Dale G. Renlund's Facebook account posted about doubt, reminding members that having questions isn't a problem, but being a "perpetual doubter" is.

"Doubt is not the precursor of faith. Light does not depend on darkness for its creation," he wrote, concluding with his testimony that Jesus Christ directs His work on the earth and that each person can have that knowledge.

Ruth and I recently shared a message about the instruction to “doubt not, but be believing” (Mormon 9:27). Doubt is not...

Posted by Dale G. Renlund on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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