This Week on Social: Church leaders talk Hymnbook changes, share messages of fatherhood

Parenthood, perseverance and purpose were the themes in messages shared by Church leaders across social media this week. With Father's Day and changes to the Hymnbook and Children's Songbook recently announced, topics focused on faith, finding joy in parenthood and the importance of music.

On June 18, Elder Ronald A. Rasband's Facebook account shared a message about the importance of music. The post was made in response to the Church's announcement stating that members can contribute to the new editions of the Hymnbook and Children's Songbook that will be published in the future.

We recognize the power that sacred music has to unify followers of Christ throughout the world. Along with prayer and...

Posted by Ronald A. Rasband on Monday, June 18, 2018

Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, will be serving as an adviser on the creation of the new Children's Songbook and recently shared her memories of singing out of the songbook while growing up in Argentina.

One of my responsibilities as a member of the Primary General Presidency is to serve as an advisor over the creation of...

Posted by Cristina B. Franco on Monday, June 18, 2018

In the spirit of Father's Day on Sunday, June 17, Elder Quentin L. Cook addressed the concerns of those who worry about marriage and raising children. Elder Cook counseled that finding a righteous spouse "whom you admire and will be your best friend" can produce loving, righteous children.

He also shared an experience of meeting a young boy while on a recent trip to Brazil and assured "there is great joy and happiness waiting for you in your future children."

I know that some of you have concerns about getting married and raising children. On this #FathersDay, if I could offer...

Posted by Quentin L Cook on Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Father's Day message was also shared on Elder D. Todd Christofferson's Facebook account. The post looked back on a photo of Elder Christofferson's family, and he expressed gratitude to his father and for the opportunity to be a father himself.

"Fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve," he wrote. "Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy."

On this Father’s Day, I am thankful for my father and for the opportunity to be a father. I am also especially grateful...

Posted by D Todd Christofferson on Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day messages were not limited to the brethren. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, shared a childhood picture of her and her father. Sister Bingham said it can be hard for those without a good example of a father figure during this life to image what Heavenly Father is like, but that it is not impossible.

"Let your imagination soar, creating a Being with all the best characteristics a perfect Father would embody," she suggested.

Sister Bingham also expressed gratitude for the men in her life and the way they have strengthened her and been an example to her, despite their own imperfections.

"Heavenly Father, are you really there?” is a question all of us ask at one time or another. To those who have (or had)...

Posted by Jean B. Bingham on Sunday, June 17, 2018

On Facebook, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's Facebook account stated that although life can be extremely difficult and full of mistakes, that darkness and hardship does not need to be permanent.

"Trouble need never be permanent nor fatal. Darkness always yields to light," he said. "The sun always rises. Faith, hope, and charity will always triumph in the end. Furthermore, they will triumph all along the way."

Life can sometimes be difficult. Perhaps you have already discovered that. In the days and years ahead, you may suffer...

Posted by Jeffrey R Holland on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, talked about the benefits of turning towards Christ in a recent Facebook post.

"We stay centered in our lives as we turn toward and follow the Savior Jesus Christ," she said.

How do you keep centered? I love hearing these strong voices share their knowledge of staying spiritually centered. Their responses are different, but their focus is the same: We stay centered in our lives as we turn toward and follow the Savior Jesus Christ. We will feel greater purpose, guidance, and trust when we strive to find our center in Him.

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to teach about and practice ministering on a recent trip to the Caribbean.

"Ministering is about love, being a friend, and inviting others to join you. It is about helping each other, but it also helps us become more like our Savior," she wrote. "These wonderful Saints helped me better understand the pure love of our Savior, Jesus Christ."

Ministering is about love, being a friend, and inviting others to join you. It is about helping each other, but it...

Posted by Becky Craven on Saturday, June 16, 2018

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