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This week on social: A Stradivarius violin, 'backsliding' and discovering your God-given talents

While life may be full of ups and downs, Church leaders reminded their social media followers this week that the Lord has provided the blessings of repentance and the scriptures to help navigate the highs and lows they face everyday.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Facebook account of President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, posted a reminder that the trials of mortal life are part of God's plan, and that Christ is there to support His children.

"Our mortal life is designed by a loving God to be a test and source of growth for each of us. Since the beginning, the tests have not been easy. We face trials that come from having mortal bodies," the post read. "My reassurance is this: the loving God who allowed these tests for you also designed a sure way to pass through them."

President Eyring's words emphasized the love and sacrifice of a loving Savior. "Jesus Christ bore in Gethsemane and on the cross the weight of all our sins. He experienced all the sorrows, the pains, and the effects of our sins so that He could comfort and strengthen us through every test in life," the post concluded.

The Twitter account of Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted early Sunday morning on Oct. 28 with a reminder that exercising faith can help God's children learn to trust Him.

Reminding his Twitter followers that times of trial can offer great lessons, the account of Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted on Oct. 28.

"Along with the bright colors of happiness and joy, the darker colored threads of trial and tragedy are woven deeply into the fabric of our Father’s plan," the post read. "These struggles, although difficult, often become our greatest teachers."

Each person has unique talents which they are expected to develop and exercise throughout their mortal life, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reminded followers in an Instagram post on Friday, Oct. 26.

"We must love and revere those talents that are embedded in our very natures, that prompt us to reach out and embrace others and, in the process, help us to become more like Jesus Christ," the post read.

The post compared talents to fingerprints, explaining that they are part of what makes each individual unique and different. A loving Heavenly Father waits patiently for his children to identify and develop the talents He has given them, the post concluded.

Reminiscing about a night at the Utah Symphony with his wife, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles compared a master violin maker to the Master, the Lord, in an Instagram post on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

At the symphony, Elder Renlund listened as a soloist played a 310-year-old Stradivarius violin. And much like the beautiful violin, made by a master violin maker, the children of God are instruments in His hands.

"While a Stradivarius violin was created by a master violin maker, you and I were created by the Master," the post read. "When we submit to His will and allow ourselves to be tools in His hands, we can be part of something even more beautiful."

The post concluded with a question, "What are you doing today to be an instrument in the hands of your Master?"

In a Facebook post on Wendesday, Oct. 31, Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society general presidency shared her thoughts on the importance of repentance. Sharing a story from a friend who had decided not to be baptized because they felt they were "backsliding" in the gospel, Sister Eubank reminded followers that repentance and partaking of the sacrament each Sunday are part of God's plan to help his children, especially when they are "backsliding."

"I’m so glad President Nelson is teaching us to really focus on what the Sabbath is for," the post read. "The truth is — we all backslide. We don’t mean to, but little things happen that we didn’t mean or we regret. The beautiful part of the Sabbath Day is that Jesus Christ knows our holy progress is a process. We have the chance (to) eat the bread and drink the water in the ordinance of the sacrament and truly remember Him. It is the most sacred part of the week for us backsliders."

Reminding followers that each person has an important rolse in the Church and in the gospel of Christ, the Facebook page of Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, posted about the role of the young women of the Church.

"Please don’t underestimate the capacity of the young women of the Church," the post read. "They are strong and ready. As we minister hand in hand with these noble daughters of God, you will have your testimony strengthened, your desire to serve increased, and your love for God’s children magnified."

Commenting on the blessing of recieving specific invitations from a living prophet, the Facebook account of Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the general Young Women presidency, posted a photo with her daughters on Oct. 28.

"Reading the Book of Mormon each day and marking references to the Savior is a sweet experience," the post read. "I feel peace knowing that I am acting on an invitation from the prophet and I love knowing that my girls, along with thousands of other women — my sisters in the gospel — are doing the same thing. We are united in our desires to be obedient and strengthen our testimonies of Jesus Christ."

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