On social media this week, Church leaders posted about President Nelson’s Pacific Ministry Tour, ideas for sharing love and testimonies, family stories and other inspirational messages.
In his most recent Instagram post, on May 23, he shared a video of Fijian children singing “I Am a Child of God” with him during the devotional in Suva. Afterwards, the congregation stood and sung the song "Isa Lei," a traditional song meaning "farewell, dear friend."
“I felt I was wrapped in the love of the Saints in Fiji," President Nelson said in his post about the visit.
A key message from the Suva devotional centered on the love Christ has for everyone and how His Atonement makes eternal life a possibility, he said.
"If we will feast upon the words of Jesus Christ and apply His teachings in our lives, we will feel his love surround us.”
During this time, Elder Gong has reflected about how President Nelson has been doing what prophets did anciently: bringing the message of the Lord to all of God’s children throughout the world.
In a May 20 Instagram post, he said, “I believe that he wants people around the globe to know that the heavens are open, that the Lord loves them, and that while we are living in a time of great challenge, it is also a time of great blessings.”
“The happiness He wants for you is eternal life, the greatest of all His gifts," he wrote in a May 21 Instagram post. "This gift is yours only if, in dedicated holy temples of God, you make covenants available to people who live to be worthy of them."
“I am always impressed by the innovative approaches the U.S.-based refugee resettlement agencies are using to help people learn English, find jobs, and culturally adapt to the United States," she said in a May 17 Facebook post.
As followers of Christ, Church members are meant to find better ways to love God and their neighbors, Sister Eubank said.
"What things do you and your family do to love God and love your neighbors?"
If someone is looking for natural ways to share his or her testimony, President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, recently gave some suggestions.
“Each of us has a great opportunity to be a powerful voice for good in our families, in the Church, and in the world," he wrote in a May 23 Instagram post accompanying a graphic with five ideas for sharing a testimony.
“There is no need to argue or contend with others regarding our beliefs. There is no reason to become defensive or belligerent. Our position is solid — stand on it. The Church is true — declare it. Boldly. Kindly. Confidently. Lovingly.”
One method for doing so is through social media.
One reason he likes using social media is that it offers opportunities "to share the good news of the gospel with the people you meet," he said in a May 23 Instagram post.
“I know that Heavenly Father knows us. The Lord loves us. His Church is again on the earth today! My heart swells to know that with just a few taps on a screen I can share these truths with people around the globe.”
Elder Ronald A. Rasband's oldest grandson was recently married in the Salt Lake Temple, and in a May 23 Instagram post, Elder Rasband shared a photo of himself, his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, and their five children.
The older he gets, he said in the post, the more he realizes “how special the moments we get to be with our loved ones are.”
Elder Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “Because temple ordinances allow us to be connected with our families for eternity, being in the temple with our family all around us is always a special experience that we treasure. In all you do with your current family — and your future families — I encourage you to set your sights on the temple.”
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, recently expressed gratitude for her own mother — after admittedly letting Mother's Day catch her by surprise this year — in a May 23 Facebook post. However, "it is always a good time to tell the fabulous women in our lives how much they mean to us," she said.
She shared how in June 1981, her mother packed up the family home, prepared 21 suitcases — each with a number on its side in duct tape — and gathered her remaining five children to move to a different continent.
“My sweet, faithful mother graciously pressed forward ready to do her part in building the kingdom of God," Sister Cordon said. "Thank you, mother, for always responding to the call from a prophet to serve and minister and for teaching me to do the same.”
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, posted to Facebook on May 21 and discussed her thoughts from weeding her yard last weekend.
While pulling weeds, she thought about how tulip bulbs wait dormant underground for most of the year before sprouting and blooming.
“I feel like I am in a waiting place right now — it seems like I’ve been in this place for a long time," she said. "I think all of us experience these periods of waiting on the Lord for something we desire. ... But I know these periods of waiting can create beauty and refine us if we use that time wisely, live in faith, and trust in the Lord and His timing.”
One of the most important parts of a Sunday Primary experience is a Primary music leader, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, wrote in a May 17 Facebook post.
She shared a personal story of a music leader she was able to meet. This sister had an enthusiasm for music that was "contagious," she wrote. The children were engaged, and she made certain they all participated. But most importantly, "these Primary children felt the Spirit when singing.”