The social media feeds of Church leaders were varied this week and included responses concerning Latter-day Saint youth programs. Leaders also offered support and guidance to those who were impacted by the natural disasters that have been occurring around throughout world.
Both Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, assured on their Facebook pages on Sept. 21 that the new youth initiative of the Church would still have camps and outdoor activities.
“I am thrilled that the new resources for older girls and boys, young women, and young men coming in 2020 will continue to feature camps and other outdoor activities as an important part of gospel learning, building relationships, and strengthening faith in Jesus Christ,” Elder Rasband’s Facebook post read.
Camps and outdoor activities will incorporate the element of fun, Sister Cordon’s Facebook post read.
“As we work on this new initiative, we want you to feel confident that the youth of the Church will continue to have the resources and experiences that they need to develop life skills, build character, fulfill their roles as God’s children, and, of course, have fun.”
More answers about the program can be found in the video posted on both Elder Rasband’s and Sister Cordon’s Facebook pages.
President Russell M. Nelson spoke to over 49,000 members of the Church on Sunday, Sept. 15, in Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. On Sept. 19, the Church president’s Facebook and Twitter pages featured a panoramic photo of the crowd gathered to hear a prophet’s voice.
“I had never spoken at a baseball field before!” the post read. “It was truly a historic event.”
Following natural disasters around the world, the Facebook pages of Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna I. Aburto featured posts showing concern and support for those affected.
On the morning of Sept. 15, wind and rain pounded on Sister Eubank’s hotel room in Manila. Even from that distance, she felt the effects of Typhoon Mangkhut, which had descended on northern Luzon in the Philippines. She awoke early that morning to pray for those in the path of Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence, sharing a thought from Sister Grace Teh, the wife of Elder Michael John U. Teh.
According to Sister Eubank’s post, the Church’s Helping Hands would soon arrive on the scene to help with the cleanup effort, and she would be looking for chances to help as well.
Sister Aburto recently visited the survivors of the Fuego Volcano eruption in Guatemala, which brought back memories of the earthquake she survived as a child. According to a Sept. 15 post on her Facebook page, “So many of them lost their homes, loved ones, and community. I was so impressed meeting these faithful people. They are rebuilding their own lives and supporting each other.”
Sister Aburto then offered a reminder in the post that God is aware of and loves His children.
“To any who are currently suffering, remember in Romans 5:3 that ‘tribulation worketh patience,'" she said. "God is aware of you and loves you.”
On Sept. 21, the Instagram account of President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, featured an image of the Washington D.C. Temple and an invitation to “go to the temple. Go as often as you can, and turn off your smartphones and put them away before you enter the temple grounds.”