On social media this week, Church leaders posted about Primary stories, President Nelson’s Pacific Ministry Tour, family stories and other uplifting messages.
In a Facebook post on May 25, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary General Presidency, shared a video of her two-year-old granddaughter.
After Sister Harkness’ granddaughter had to miss her nursery class because her family was out of town, she received a card in the mail from her Primary teacher. The video is of her reaction to the loving card.
Sister Harkness said: “We are grateful for loving Primary teachers who minister to their children outside of Sunday class time and help them feel extra-special and loved. As Jesus said in the New Testament, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’ (Matthew 25:40).”
On May 26, Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary General Presidency, posted a video to Facebook of the song “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.”
She said: “I love the excitement in (children’s) eyes and the enthusiasm displayed in their whole bodies as they use their little hands to act out the rain and floods. Using both word and song, parents and teachers have a beautiful opportunity to teach children the doctrine of Christ and help them understand that a strong foundation, built upon faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, will help them withstand the storms of life and draw us closer to Him.”
On May 27 (Memorial Day in the United States), Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, posted about her great uncle Edward Hunter Barrus. Barrus was a 23-year-old soldier serving on the front lines of the Argonne Forest in France. He was killed in the line of duty during WWI on September 29, 1918, just one and a half months before the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.
Sister Bingham expressed her admiration for her faithful great uncle. Barrus is one of more than 14,000 graves marked with a white cross at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.
"I am so grateful to him and to so many others who, by their sacrifices, protected my ability to choose how I worship, how I live, and to “allow all men the same privilege.”
President Russell M. Nelson's Instagram account posted about his last stop on his Pacific ministry tour in Papeete, Tahiti. While there, President Nelson joined 10,000 Church members for the 175th anniversary of the gospel being shared in Tahiti.
In conclusion of his visits in the Pacific, President Nelson said: “I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and joy. We have received an outpouring of love from the nearly 100,000 Saints we visited with in the Pacific and in return we have tried to remind them of the love their Father in Heaven has for them. We will always remember the special privilege we had to be with the Saints in the Pacific.”
On Instagram, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve posted a tender personal story about a man he met 15 years ago — a convert his son taught while on his mission in Kazakhstan.
To the Rasbands' happy surprise, they were able to run into this convert again in Moscow where Tsay is working for the Church. Together, they FaceTimed Elder Rasband's son.
Tsay told Elder Rasband that more than 20 of Tsay's close family and friends in Kazakhstan and Russia have joined the Church as a direct result of Elder Rasband's son's mission.
"As I have said to missionaries all over the world, you just cannot foretell the future consequences of your mission experience," Elder Rasband said. "What a tender mercy this was for all involved."
After returning from the Pacific Ministry Tour, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared on Twitter the love and gratitude he and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, have for President Nelson.
“The ways in which (President Nelson) brought to the people the Lord’s love, the Lord’s doctrine, and the Lord’s commandments will bless their lives forever.”
In a Facebook post on May 26, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, shared a recent experience she had at a baptismal service for a mother and her four children.
These members now have the opportunity to "grow in faith in Jesus Christ as they strive to be His faithful disciples," Sister Aburto said, adding that women in Zion specifically can "support each other and ... share the good news of the gospel with others.”
Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, shared in a Facebook post on May 29 her love and admiration for Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
“Working shoulder to shoulder with Sister Craven over the past year has been a tremendous blessing in my life—and I can promise you that she is one who 'walks the talk,'" Sister Craig said. "She is careful in the way she magnifies her calling, the way she speaks of others, and the way she lives her life.
“She is an 'elect lady,' one who serves with her whole heart and soul, and one whom Sister Cordon and I love being around. How grateful I am for the blessing of hearing from her and other inspired leaders who affirmed identity, taught doctrine, and challenged us to do and be more than we currently are. We are so blessed!”