After a full week into 2019, General Authorities of the Church have emphasized the need for greater unity among Latter-day Saints. They also shared thoughts on cultivating joy and increasing our perspective and understanding.
In a Jan. 7 Instagram post, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reminded others about President Russell M. Nelson's plea for all of God's children to "come unto the Savior and have enduring joy."
"Our gospel perspective helps us to understand that joy is more than a fleeting feeling or emotion; rather, it is a spiritual gift and a state of being and becoming," Elder Bednar said. "Enduring joy is not a blessing reserved for a select few. Rather, every member of the Lord’s restored Church who is striving to remember and honor sacred covenants and keep the commandments can receive this gift, according to God’s will and timing."
In an Instagram post on Jan. 9, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles emphasized the importance of being unified through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
"We live in a world that is emphasizing diversity over unity. Many assume that it is virtually impossible for people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds to be united in common goals. This simply is not true. A unifying answer to these assertions is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Righteousness is the underlying principle that brings unity and happiness."
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared his thoughts in a Jan. 6 Instagram post on the benefits of the new home-centered, Church-supported curriculum.
"The new two-hour Sunday church schedule will connect learning doctrine at home with our families and in church," the post reads. "In studying the gospel on Sunday as a family, even a family of one, you will draw closer to the Lord. You will find strength as you go through the week."
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, described a recent visit to South America in a Facebook post on Jan. 6. During her visit, Sister Craig met with several organizations who partner with the Church's humanitarian efforts that focus on improving the vision of others. Drawing an analogy to how Christ is the one who gives spiritual eyes new sight, Sister Craig said the Savior "helps us see things as they really are, through the power of the Holy Ghost."
"We do our best to 'see the whole picture' — but sometimes it’s hard. Viewing our life through mortal eyes is a bit like looking through a microscope when a telescope is needed. The little bit we see may be true, but we miss the scope and panoramic view. We are often like the servant of Elisha with our limited views of reality. (2 Kings 6:15-17) We know though, that the Lord can open our eyes and give us new sight if we acknowledge our weakness and ask in faith! We can begin to increase our perspective and understanding, and see things 'as they really are.'"