From temple tours to dentist offices, leaders of the Church found inspiration and wisdom in all kinds of places this past week. These are a few of their experiences they posted about on social media.
After leading private tours of the Rome Italy Temple, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Lesa Stevenson, shared their testimony of temples in a Jan. 19 Instagram video.
"During the tour, we described to our friends the sealing ordinance that allows families to be sealed together forever," Elder Stevenson said. "They were overjoyed that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy now have this opportunity. This is one of the fruits of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
On Jan. 23, Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, debuted the first of many 30-second videos on Facebook. In the videos, Sister Eubank asks returned missionaries how they maintain the "discipline, spirit and faith of a mission" after coming home. The first video highlights a returned sister missionary that Sister Eubank met at her dentist's office.
In a Jan. 17 Facebook post, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stressed the importance of learning from those with different backgrounds, religions and beliefs. He specifically discussed the commonalities between members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Jewish community.
"There have been numerous personal relationships with Jews and Latter-day Saints that have been strong and rewarding over a long period of time," he said. "Interestingly, in the United States both religions have a population of between 6 to 7 million. The center of Jewish influence is New York City and the surrounding East Coast area, where there are approximately 3 million Jews. The center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ influence is in Utah and the states that surround it, where there are approximately 3 million Latter-day Saint members."
In a Jan. 22 Facebook post, Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, encouraged people to keep making goals to improve and change, and to not be fooled by false thoughts.
"It’s all too easy to falter in our attempts to create new habits and reach new goals," she said. "When this happens, Satan would have us believe that we are not capable of change; therefore, why try? Satan lies.
"We can each ask ourselves the question, 'What lack I yet?' Then, with the help of the Holy Ghost, we can set righteous goals and work to achieve them. Consistency, not perfection, in our efforts is what is important. Please remember that no effort to improve or to seek for an increase of the Spirit in our lives is ever wasted."
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, focused her thoughts on the new home-centered, Church-supported curriculum in a Jan. 20 Facebook post.
"Much like the adjustments from visiting teaching to ministering, the adjustments to home-centered gospel study should be individualized for your family and Spirit-led. Whatever ideas you have for studying the 'Come, Follow Me' manual are good ideas! Your way of studying may not be the same as your friend’s or neighbor’s — and that is okay. When we faithfully seek to do our best, we are blessed with the insights we need from the Holy Ghost. These insights will help us create the exact home-centered plan that our unique situations and families require."