This week on social media, Church leaders shared messages about their love for and the value of women, teaching in the home with the new curriculum and other inspiring messages.
In recognition of International Women's Day on March 8, the Facebook accounts of Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, shared a video message on behalf of the 7.2 million women of the Relief Society from Accra, Ghana.
"What a wonderful blessing to be a woman and to be part of one of the largest women's organizations in the world!" Sister Bingham's post read. "To all of my sisters, I love you and wish you a happy International Women's Day."
"We all come from different backgrounds, countries, and experiences, but we are all sisters in Christ," Sister Cordon's post read. "Happy International Women's Day!"
Earlier this week, Sister Cordon shared one woman's inspiring story of forgiveness.
"During World War II, Corrie ten Boom and her family hid hundreds of Jews to protect them from being sent to concentration camps," the March 1 Facebook post read. "After being betrayed by a fellow Dutch citizen, her entire family was imprisoned. Corrie miraculously survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp and spent the rest of her life traveling and teaching about the power of forgiveness and love."
President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, also shared a message about the great value of women in the Church.
In a Feb. 28 Instgram post, President Ballard referred to a recent Ensign article entitled “Connecting Daughters of God with His Priesthood Power” that details ways women can utilize Priesthood power.
"I have spoken before about how any priesthood leader who does not involve his sister leaders with full respect and inclusion is not honoring and magnifying the keys he has been given. His power and influence will be diminished until he learns the ways of the Lord."
One of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Sister Hariett Uchtorf's good friends is Erma Helen Rosenhan, a woman who served a mission in Germany just before World War II and volunteered in the Family History Library for 40 years. Elder and Sister Uchtdorf joined Rosenhan for her 104th birthday, an experience the Apostle shared in an Instagram post on March 2. He wrote about how she's lived a life full of service, despite never marrying.
Elder Uchtdorf's post read: "Someone asked her what it was like to be single at her age. Erma, whose niece has cared for her for many years, answered 'Well, I have a family through my niece, and I am a daughter of Heavenly Father. I don’t feel single at all.' May we all live our lives in Christlike service the way that Erma has.”
On Facebook, Sister Bingham discussed the new home-centered, Church-supported curriculum on Feb. 28.
"Are you feeling nervous about the recent focus on teaching and studying the gospel in our homes? Although this may be a change for you, it is actually not that new. Over the years, prophets and apostles have encouraged us to bring our gospel learning to where it is most effective—the home."
Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, asked if anyone has ever wondered who the gospel doctrine teacher is in Primary.
"It's the music leader!" her March 2 Facebook post read.
"There is great power in music that teaches doctrine. It brings the Spirit and helps us feel the Savior’s love for us. I invite you to look for doctrinal truths in every Primary song you sing—and you will find it!"
Following some recent travels, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared messages and inspiration from what they learned during their visits.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson recently spoke to a group of young adults at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. In a March 1 Instagram post, he shared how he spoke on the importance of thinking outward, instead of inward. This is especially relevant regarding social media.
"I hope that you can use social media and not let social media use you. I encourage you to think about how you can help and relate to other people in your social media usage."
Elder Gary E. Stevenson reflected on his experience visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi, Rwanda. The memorial documents the horrific genocide that took place there 25 years ago. Though it was difficult, Elder Stevenson had a moment of hope.
His Mar. 4 Instagram post read, "We were awed by a universal spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation in the hearts of the beautiful Rwandan people we met everywhere."
In a Mar. 6 Instagram post, Elder Gerrit W. Gong wrote about his recent visit to Fort Knox near Louisville, Kentucky.
"What an honor to meet our dedicated service men and women and their families recently at Fort Knox. (We were hoping for free Fort Knox samples but left with something much better.) It was humbling to feel again the sacrifice of our brothers and sisters who serve on the front lines of freedom around the world."