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.
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.
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.