On social media this week, Church leaders shared advice to young married couples, suggested ways to build connections between differing religions and shared how to view recent curriculum changes with "great clarity."
In an Instagram post on Feb. 4, President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency shared part of his address to young married couples in Chicago, reminding them of the important work they're doing by raising the next generation of Church members.
"You face what must seem to be insurmountable obstacles. You are raising — or will raise — children in an environment with overwhelming information and attitudes that are sometimes hostile to the mission and teachings of the Church.
"We can know that (God) will assist us in our earnest efforts to raise our families in accordance with gospel principles. Your families, and your future families, will be blessed for your righteous efforts."
This week on Instagram, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recalled an experience he had with President Russell M. Nelson while discussing his role in pioneering open-heart surgery. Elder Cook said that President Nelson replied, “How wonderful it is that the Lord, who knows all, allows us the great joy of discovering certain pieces of knowledge.”
Elder Cook continued: "Knowledge has always been important, and today we are at the threshold of so many new and exciting scientific and technological advancements. Certainly, much of this will have enormous benefits for the Church and for the entire human family. Knowledge, used righteously, whether old or new, is important."
In an Instagram post on Feb. 1, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained that while in Italy for the Rome temple tours, he had the opportunity to visit with leaders from a variety of faiths who had come to see the temple and participate in discussions about religious freedom.
"During one specific tour of the temple with a Jesuit priest, we sat together in the sealing room as I testified of the purpose of temple ordinances. This good man was grateful for our beliefs and the power of these truths — which brought him to tears. This experience, and many others, reminded me of how connected we are as brothers and sisters."
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, shared a message on Facebook where she recalled getting Lasik eye surgery to improve her vision. She explained that after the surgery, she could see much more clearly — nothing around her changed, just the way she viewed them did. She likened this experience to the recent curriculum changes.
"The last few months have brought a number of adjustments to the way we learn, teach, and serve in the Church. These adjustments require that we change the way we have always looked at our church meetings, our responsibilities for gospel study in our homes, and ourselves — which can be difficult! However, I know that these adjustments, like my surgery, have the potential to bring great clarity into our lives which will, in turn, draw us nearer to the Savior each step of the way."