This week on social media, Church leaders took time to address young adults about the importance of remaining close to the Spirit, recognizing their purpose on earth and how to cope with heartbreak and loss.
In an Instagram post on Feb. 14, President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, advised young adults about the harms of comparison.
"We live in a world of comparison. Social media has made this worse as we go online and compare our seemingly less-exciting lives with the seemingly perfect lives we see online. …We should not compare ourselves with others. Please remember that the Savior is interested only in our personal growth."
Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also addressed young adults on Instagram this week on Feb. 21, reminding them that the Lord chose what we would call "millennials" to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ and how important it is for young adults to rely on God.
"Isn’t it remarkable when you look at these key figures in the Restoration and their ages that the Lord chose this age-group to introduce the dispensation of the fulness of times? He could have used 30- or 40-somethings, but He didn’t. The Lord trusted them and relied on them. …Now, my millennial-age friends, please remember that the Lord knows you. He trusts you. And He hopes to rely on you as He relied on those in the early days of the Church."
In an Instagram post on Feb. 22, Elder Ulisses S. Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on his recent devotional address at Brigham Young University. He, too, told young adults how valuable they are to the Savior and this generation.
"Remember that you are precious children of our Heavenly Father, reserved to come to earth at this point in history. Remember that you were chosen by the Father to come at this time because you can have the power to face the challenges of this era."
On Feb. 19 on Instagram, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told young adults a similar truth: to always live worthily of the Spirit and remember their divine potential.
"My young friends, you are a marvelous generation. You are blessed beyond measure. The world needs you and your goodness. Great opportunities await you. …I love and admire you. Do not fear. God is with you. Have faith."
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also testified of the importance of the Spirit this week as he reflected on his recent assignment in Jerusalem in an Instagram post on Feb. 21.
"After spending time at these sites of important Christian history, I realized more completely that we do not need to travel to Jerusalem to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He lived, died, and was resurrected. The Holy Ghost can witness these eternal truths to us—wherever we may be—in ways more powerful than seeing, hearing, or touching."
In a Feb. 21 Facebook post, Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, shared a heart-wrenching story about Sharon Gibbs, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer just a year after her husband had unexpectedly died.
"I don’t believe I’ve ever met anyone so physically weak yet so spiritually strong. Even 'sick nigh unto death,' her testimony of the Savior shone from her eyes. Not surprisingly, her influence was profound on the sisters, many of whom expressed their love for and deep admiration of her. She endured to the literal end with a focus on Jesus Christ as her Savior and the Savior of all those she loved."
Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, shared her gratitude for an inspired Relief Society leader who helped wardmembers cope with a suicide.
The Feb. 16 Facebook post read, "The Sunday following this heartbreaking event, I attended my church meetings. It was so comforting to be with my ward family! During our Relief Society meeting, our inspired and insightful Relief Society president wisely used that hour as time for the sisters to share their thoughts and feeling about this loss. She decided that what the sisters of our ward needed that Sunday was to minister to each other in a beautifully personal way, instead of following the lesson plan. She turned our Relief Society meeting into a council that provided us an opportunity for comfort and healing."