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This week on social: Church leaders share thoughts on divine differences and extra measures of faith

Following last week's posts about the recent general conference, messages posted to Church leaders' social media accounts included thoughts and lessons about what the leaders have learned from their families or from recent experiences.

On Oct. 19, a thought from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was shared on Twitter: "Don’t wait to live. This isn’t a rehearsal; this isn’t a dry run; this isn’t a pre-performance routine. This is it. This is real life. Don’t wait. Savor every minute."

As an Apostle, one of the sacrifices Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles makes is not seeing his children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren as much as he or his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, would like. But he noted that they are grateful for reminders of their family's love.

On Oct. 18, a post on Elder Uchtdorf's Instagram account shared pictures his grandson sent him of their family watching general conference.

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I have spoken before about how the only real measure of sacrifice involved with my calling to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is that Harriet and I don’t get to see my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as much as we would like. I expect we are like many grandparents in that respect. . But we are grateful for the reminders of their love for us—and oh, how we love them. . We received a text message with the attached screenshot from my grandson and his young family just before the Saturday morning session of general conference began, saying, “This is our first glimpse of you!” . I was pleased to know they were watching—but I was even more pleased when I received a second text message after conference when my grandson and his wife asked my beautiful 4-year-old granddaughter what Opa had spoken about during conference. . Her answer: “Believe, practice, and Jesus.” I believe she was listening pretty well! . I encourage each of us to cherish our families. If you struggle with any of your family relationships now, I urge you to find ways to build relationships, forgive grudges, and mend fences. . I echo the statement first included in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” 23 years ago—happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know this has been true for my family in my life.

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In an Oct. 18 Instagram post directed to young adults contemplating dating and marriage, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles expressed his gratitude for his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, and for their “divinely designed differences and perspectives." Such differences "help us to learn from each other,” the post read.

After speaking at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Argentina, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, thought back to his time as a young adult serving in that country as a missionary.

“The world has changed so much since then. More than ever, our religious freedom needs to be valued and preserved,” according to an Oct. 18 post on the Apostle’s Instagram account.

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Recently I participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum in Argentina, the country where I served my mission as a young man. This interfaith summit brings together religious leaders from all over the world. I was invited to give two addresses on religious freedom—one in English and another in Spanish. . Being in the country where I served my mission caused me to think about what it was like to be a young adult. The world has changed so much since then. More than ever, our religious freedom needs to be valued and preserved. I believe there are two things that anyone—especially young adults—can do to play a part in preserving religious freedom. . First, we should strive to live the gospel in our day-to-day lives. Each week, we go to church with all kinds of people. We must learn to love people who are different from us, people who are prickly, people who need to be helped. This is real life. Learning to live the gospel daily, when the rubber meets the road, is essential to developing a Christlike character that will stand as an example to the world. . Second, we have the liberty and opportunity to make Christlike contributions anywhere in the world. When we follow the example of the Savior, we can be an influence for good everywhere we go. It becomes our way of life, our nature. Programs like @just_serve provide service opportunities to anybody who desires to help in their communities. . You of the rising generation are so focused on making an impact for good. I applaud you for your efforts and urge you to continue in your Christlike service.

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Following general conference, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged everyone to make studying the words of Prophets and Apostles an active part of family life. His daughter’s family creates a general conference review game every six months, which was shared on Elder Andersen’s Facebook page on Oct. 18.

Since general conference, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has heard from several people how they were struck by the image of the sheepdog he showed during his conference address. On Oct. 19, an image quote featuring this sheepdog was shared on the Apostle’s Instagram account.

In an Oct. 18 Instagram post, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote to those who have felt or feel uncertain, alone, frustrated, angry, let down, disappointed or estranged from God and His restored Church. “It may take an extra measure of effort and faith to enter again on His covenant path. But it is worth it!” he said, according to the post.

Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, has had a quote by Winston Churchill playing over and over again in her mind for the past few months: “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

In an Oct. 18 Facebook post, Sister Craig shared that she has felt this figurative tapping on the shoulder often.

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