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This week on social: 15 posts from leaders of the Church during general conference weekend

The social media accounts of the 15 members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were active over the weekend in connection to general conference.

Each of the 15 Church leaders' social media accounts posted at least once over the weekend, sharing further details relating to their talks or confirming again their role as special witnesses of Jesus Christ.

Following are some of their posts from over the weekend.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Twitter account of President Russell M. Nelson shared a short message at the conclusion of conference.

Noting that the 188th Semiannual General Conference had been a historic weekend, the Tweet concluded with an apostolic blessing from the prophet which read, "I leave my love and blessing upon you, that you may feast upon the word of the Lord and apply His teachings in your personal lives."

At the conclusion of the Saturday morning session, the Facebook account of President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, posted three suggestions for those experiencing opposition to their beliefs. The post encouraged people to remember the principle of repentance, exercise faith and hold to what they know, and, finally, to seek help and spiritual guidance from trusted leaders and friends.

We find true and enduring joy by coming to know and acting upon the truth about who we are, the meaning of mortal life,...

Posted by Dallin H Oaks on Saturday, October 6, 2018

Following the women's session on Saturday evening, the Facebook account of President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, posted a reminder especially for women.

The post reminded women that they have a key role in God's eternal plan and that, "As daughters of God, you have an innate and great capacity to sense the needs of others and to love."

The Instagram account of President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, posted a photo on Sunday of President Ballard's great-grandfather, President Joseph F. Smith. President Ballard's address on Sunday focused on the revelation given to President Joseph F. Smith in 1918 known as "The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead."

The post read, "During his lifetime, President Smith lost his father, his mother, one brother and two sisters, two wives, and 13 children. He was well acquainted with sorrow and losing loved ones. The revelation he received on October 3, 1918, comforted his heart and provided answers to many of his questions. We too can be comforted and learn more about our own future when we die and go to the spirit world by studying this revelation and pondering its significance in the way we live our lives each day."

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Today in #GeneralConference I spoke about the important vision my great-grandfather Joseph F. Smith received in 1918. Just a few weeks before his death, he sat in his room pondering Christ’s atoning sacrifice and reading the Apostle Peter’s description of the Savior’s ministry in the spirit world after His crucifixion. . He recorded: “As I read I was greatly impressed. … As I pondered over these things … the eyes of my understanding were opened, and the Spirit of the Lord rested upon me, and I saw the hosts of the dead.” . During his lifetime, President Smith lost his father, his mother, one brother and two sisters, two wives, and 13 children. He was well acquainted with sorrow and losing loved ones. The revelation he received on October 3, 1918, comforted his heart and provided answers to many of his questions. We too can be comforted and learn more about our own future when we die and go to the spirit world by studying this revelation and pondering its significance in the way we live our lives each day. . I testify that the vision President Joseph F. Smith received is true. I bear witness that every person can read it and come to know it is true. The full text of the vision is recorded in Doctrine and Covenants section 138. I invite you to thoughtfully read it. As you do so, may the Lord bless you to more fully understand and appreciate God’s love and His plan of salvation and happiness for His children.

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On Sunday, the Instagram account of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a reminder of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

"Forgiving and forsaking offenses, old or new, is central to the grandeur of the Atonement of Jesus Christ," the post read.

A video posted on the Facebook page of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Saturday, following the afternoon session of conference, reminded people that "we are all children of God."

In the video, Elder Uchtdorf states that life can be challenging and as such, we often faced discouragement, "but the gospel of Jesus Christ offers hope." At the conclusion of the video, he invites all to come and see what the gospel of Jesus Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can do for them.

Come and see. We need you. Join with us. https://worshipwithus.org/

Posted by Dieter F Uchtdorf on Friday, October 5, 2018

Following his Saturday morning conference address, the Instagram account of Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a photo of a rope with its many intertwining threads. Pulling from his conference address, the post read, "Only as we gather together in one all things in Christ, with firm focus upon Him, can gospel truths synergistically enable us to become what God desires us to become and endure valiantly to the end."

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The historic adjustments announced today at #GeneralConference have only one overarching purpose: to strengthen faith in Heavenly Father and His Plan and in His Son Jesus Christ and His Atonement. . Just as a rope obtains its strength from many intertwined individual strands, so the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the greatest perspective of truth and offers the richest blessings as we “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10). This vital gathering of truth is centered in and focused upon the Lord Jesus Christ because He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). . Only as we gather together in one all things in Christ, with firm focus upon Him, can gospel truths synergistically enable us to become what God desires us to become and endure valiantly to the end. As we learn and link together revealed gospel truths, we are blessed to receive precious perspective and increased spiritual capacity. The Holy Ghost will enlighten each of us to know how the principle of gathering together in one all things in Christ applies in practical ways to learning and living His restored gospel in our daily lives. . Over the past several years, essential principles about making the Sabbath day a delight in the home and at Church have been emphasized and reinforced, thus preparing us for the Sunday meeting schedule announced in general conference. We now have increased opportunities and responsibilities as individuals and families to use our time for enhancing the Sabbath as a delight at home and at Church. . I pray we can recognize the Lord’s work as one great worldwide work that is becoming ever more home centered and Church supported.

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The Twitter account of Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a link to an article detailing the changes to Church schedules and curriculum as announced during the Saturday morning session of conference. The post stated that the changes mark a significant step in gospel instruction and invited all to learn more by reading the article.

In a post on Saturday, Oct. 6, the Facebook account of Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles compared the daily acts of praying and reading the scriptures in order to maintain spiritual health to eating vegetables regularly in an effort to maintain physical health. Small daily acts of seeking to follow the will of God will help move us closer to allowing "the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ [to enter] into our heart and [take] possession of our soul," the post read.

Most of us find ourselves at this moment on the continuum between a socially motivated participation in gospel rituals...

Posted by D Todd Christofferson on Saturday, October 6, 2018

Recounting the story of his friend Richard Norby, which he shared in his conference address, the Facebook account of Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles elaborated on the importance of turning to the Savior during times of pain, difficulty and trial.

"The Savior stands ready to save us from the sorrows and pains of our wounded souls. However deep the wounds of your soul, whatever their source, wherever or whenever they happen, and for how short or how long they persist, you are not meant to perish spiritually. You are meant to survive spiritually and to live and grow in your faith and trust in God," the post read.

Today I spoke at #GeneralConference about those who are confronted with challenges that are unexpected and painful. I...

Posted by Neil L Andersen on Sunday, October 7, 2018

On Instagram, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a reminder on Saturday, Oct. 6, of the hope that can be found by trusting in the care and love of the Savior.

"Take heart, brothers and sisters," the post read. "Yes, we live in perilous times, but as we stay on the covenant path, we need not fear. As you do so, you will not be troubled by the times in which we live or the troubles that come your way."

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I mentioned earlier today at #GeneralConference that some years ago, one of our young married daughters and her husband asked Sister Rasband and me a very important, life-influencing question. “Is it still safe and wise to bring children into this seemingly wicked and frightening world we live in?” . Now, that was an important question for a mom and dad to consider with their dear married children. We could hear the fear in their voices and feel the fear in their hearts. Our answer to them was a firm “yes, it’s more than ok,” as we shared fundamental gospel teachings and our own heartfelt impressions and life experiences. . The Lord is with us, mindful of us, and blessing us in ways only He can do. Prayer can call down the strength and the revelation that we need to center our thoughts on Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. The Lord knew that at times we would feel fear. . They seriously considered our conversation that night; they prayed and fasted and came to their own conclusions. Happily, and joyfully, for them and for us, the grandparents, they have now been blessed with seven beautiful children as they go forward in faith and love. . Take heart, brothers and sisters. Yes, we live in perilous times, but as we stay on the covenant path, we need not fear. As you do so, you will not be troubled by the times in which we live or the troubles that come your way.

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"Every soul is precious to our Heavenly Father," read a post on the Instagram account of Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from Sunday, Oct. 7.

Detailing an old newspaper article which shared the story of a sheep dog who refused to abandon even one of the sheep left in its charge, the post related the dedication of the dog to that of the world's Shepherd, Jesus Christ. "He loves you with a love you cannot even begin to comprehend," the post read. "Like the faithful sheepdog, He will stay on the mountain to protect you through the wind, rainstorms, snow, and more."

The Facebook account of Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a reminder of the constancy of the love and help that the Savior offers to all who turn to Him. The post, from Sunday, Oct. 7, reads, "No matter how long we have been off the path or how far away we have wandered, the moment we decide to change, God helps us return."

If Christ were teaching a child to walk and the child stumbled, He would help the child get up and encourage the next...

Posted by Dale G. Renlund on Sunday, October 7, 2018

Responding to requests to see the watercolor painting he mentioned in his Saturday afternoon address, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Twitter account of Apostle Elder Gerrit W. Gong posted photos of the paintings he and Elder Richard G. Scott had created.

Continuing the themes Elder Gong shared in his conference address, the post read, "I share it not for its artistic merit, but as an encouragement to us all to try wholesome new things, and to continue to warm our hearts, hopes, and commitment at our campfire of faith."

The Twitter account of Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted two identical posts, one in Portuguese and one in English, on Oct. 6.

The post read, "I believe we can do much better and should do better in welcoming new friends into the Church. I invite you to consider what we can do to be more embracing, accepting, and helpful to them, starting this very next Sunday."

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