This week on social media, Church leaders took time to address events in history and Church history, mothers and women for Mother’s Day and personal moments from travel and life.
“I have often said that my wife Harriet is the sunshine of my life. On this Mother’s Day, I express my deep love and gratitude for her.
“On a recent trip to Germany, she shared in several meetings that we should be kind, forgiving, and supportive to one another, rather than demeaning and unkind. Faith in action is being charitable and loving. To me, she is exactly that kind of person. In every interaction she has, she is charitable, loving, and kind.
“On this day, I express my gratitude and love for her and for all women. I am very grateful to all of you, the millions of faithful sisters worldwide of any age who do so much to build the kingdom of God. I am grateful to you for the countless ways you inspire, nurture, and bless those around you.”
On Mother’s Day, Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, posted to Facebook about a tender memory with her mother.
“My mother, Janet Lundgren Daines, is a remarkable woman. She visited Primary with a friend as an 11-year-old girl and promptly went home and announced to her parents that she had found the church she wanted to attend each week. Her parents, deciding they had better investigate this new church their daughter wanted to attend, were soon converted. A lifetime of gospel service and living has followed. I will be forever grateful for my mother’s courage and her desire to be found in places where she feels the Spirit.”
Sister Craig also shared her love of connecting with people over food. She said this post is the start to a series of posts where she will share lessons from important people in her life along with one of their favorite recipes. On Sunday, she shared a recipe for meatloaf and sweet and sour sauce, a family favorite in her home.
On Mother’s Day, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, posted to Instagram about his gratitude for his own mother; his late wife and mother of his children, Sister June Dixon Oaks; his wife, Sister Kristen Oaks; his daughters and granddaughters; and countless others.
“On this day we honor you and your eternal influence,” he said.
He quoted President Russell M. Nelson: “Today, … we need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly.”
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted to Instagram on Mother’s Day about his love for his mother.
He said: “I have fond childhood memories of my mother reading Book of Mormon stories to me. She had a way of making the scriptural episodes come alive in my youthful imagination, and I did not doubt that my mother had a witness of the truthfulness of that sacred record. I especially remember her description of the Savior’s visit to the American continent following His Resurrection and of His teachings to the people in the land of Bountiful.
“Through the simple consistency of her example and testimony, my mother kindled in me the first flames of faith in the Savior and in His latter-day Church. On this #MothersDay, I express my profound gratitude to mothers and women everywhere who spread goodness and love.”
On Friday, May 10, President Russell M. Nelson posted to Instagram about his thoughts from the 150th anniversary event of the golden spike at Promontory Summit — the joining of two railroads in Utah.
He said: “These hardy (railroad) laborers achieved a ‘oneness’ that can guide us as a people to move forward to fulfill God’s plan for all of His children. I believe that we all are coming together ‘as one.’ This coming together truly represents all that is good in the world.
“I pray each of us can learn from the example of these laborers and work toward building peace and fostering understanding so that we all may be ‘as one.’”
Elder Quentin L. Cookof the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted to Instagram on Wednesday, May 15, about the personal connection he has had with the Oakland California Temple since being a young father.
“We arrived in California just one year before the temple was dedicated in 1964. While we raised our children, we would visit the temple and the temple grounds for various special occasions—for Christmas lightings, for family walks, and for temple ordinances for our children. We grew to love both the Oakland temple and the temple grounds.
“Mary and I were blessed to be able to attend the open house of the Oakland templelast week with various media, religious leaders of other faiths, and community leaders. I was amazed by how the Bay Area has grown to have incredibly vibrant diversity. It was incredible — and a little sobering — to see that some of the young people I knew when we lived in the Bay Area are now local Church leaders.
“I hope that we might all make a special effort to visit the temple and the temple grounds. I testify that great power and strength will flow into our lives and our families as we do so.”
On Instagram on May 10, Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared what he told who he called “some of the most impressive youth."
“A very important message for youth everywhere is to know your eternal identity as a child of God. Be aware that Satan will try to deceive you about who you are. He is quite fixed on confusing us about that truth. The Lord is saddened when you compare yourself to your peers. The adversary would have you think that you don’t have enough friends or enough 'likes' on Instagram. Always remember that the most important 'like' is that the Lord loves you."
On Tuesday, May 14, Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, shared a video on Facebook about her ministering companion, Kendra, a 17-year-old who was born a conjoined twin.
“I thought I would be teaching her, but it turns out she has taught me even more. Say yes to the opportunity! This kind of ministering is full of joy and full of fun.”