This Week on Social: Sister Cordon says South African Saints have 'changed my heart forever'

This week on social media, Church leaders took time to address the Savior, living the gospel amidst trials, the blessings of temples, missionary work and Boy Scouts.

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, posted to Facebook on June 26 about her recent trip to South Africa. She said as she looked into the eyes of devoted Saints while they shared their stories with her, she was “filled with increased faith, hope, and charity, for they are a people who know Christ.”

There is no place on this earth quite like South Africa. It is a country of extremes: indescribable beauty mixed with...

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In a Twitter post on June 26, President Russell M. Nelson shared his love of the Savior and his testimony of the sacrifice of the Savior.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently went with his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, to accompany President and Sister Nelson on a ministry visit to Florida where he was able to meet with 30,000 members.

In an Instagram post on June 21, Elder Uchtdorf shared love for the people of Florida as he thought on a past visit when he dedicated the Fort Lauderdale Temple on May 4, 2014.

Early missionary work in Florida was filled with persecution, he said, and “it took many years for missionary work to become safe.” But Elder Uchtdorf was joyful in knowing “how far we have come since those early days of the Church in Florida.”

In a June 26 Twitter post, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified of the influence each person can have if they are a good example of righteous principles.

In an Instagram post on June 25, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reflected on the experience he had serving as mission president over the New York New York North Mission.

The experience taught his entire family that “following the will of the Lord will bless us in our individual lives. Life rarely turns out as we plan, but as we seek the Lord’s will, we will be blessed.”

Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles recently dedicated the Fortaleza Brazil Temple, Brazil’s seventh temple, in his native language of Portuguese on June 2, 2019.

In an Instagram post on June 26, Elder Soares shared his love and testimony of the temple and temple ordinances. As he was growing up, Elder Soares said the nearest temple to his native Sao Paulo, Brazil, was 6,000 miles away in Los Angeles. The cost of travel was too much for him to get to the temple and receive temple ordinances until the end of his mission.

Because of the dream he had to go to the temple in his youth, he “felt an overwhelming gratitude and joy for the assignment from the First Presidency to dedicate ... the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.”

“I felt the hand of the Lord pouring out the blessings that a new temple brings to our people and to our beautiful country of Brazil.”

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As I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in São Paulo, Brazil, there were no temples in my country or in all of South America. The closest temple to my home country was the Los Angeles California Temple in the USA, over 6,000 miles (about 9,600 kilometers) away. Going to the temple was something we dreamed of for a long time. The high cost of travel in those days and the distance made that dream very difficult to attain. My family had to wait 14 years after their baptism before they could go the temple for the first time in their lives to receive their endowments and be sealed as a family. I went on a mission without receiving my own ordinances, and it was only at the end of my mission that I was able to join my family in the temple and receive my own temple ordinances and be sealed to them. . Because of that experience in my youth, I felt an overwhelming gratitude and joy for the assignment from the First Presidency to dedicate one more temple in Brazil, the Fortaleza Brazil temple. There are now seven temples in Brazil! The dedicatory prayer was offered in my native language of Portuguese, and I felt the spirit of the country and the spirit of the language from the bottom of my heart. . Being part of the temple dedication meant so much to me. This great experience is something that I will treasure in my heart forever. I felt the hand of the Lord pouring out the blessings that a new temple brings to our people and to our beautiful country of Brazil. What a joy to be part of this unforgettable spiritual experience.

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In a June 24 Facebook post, Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared “three things that should take priority over our never-ending to-do list” from a BYU devotional address she gave in Dec. 2018.

She said "character, ordinances and family relationships" are the three things that motivate us to reduce the distractions that keep us from the things that really matter and help us not waste our opportunity here on earth.

“This earth life is so short in the eternal scheme,” Sister Craig said, “but it determines so much. It is our ‘day of opportunity.’ Use it well and you will have opportunities you never dreamed of.”

I had the opportunity to speak to the students at BYU last December where I spoke about the value of time and how we...

Posted by Michelle D. Craig on Monday, June 24, 2019

Primary general president Sister Joy D. Jones posted to Facebook on June 26 about her experience at the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, last month. Sister Jones said her past service on the BSA National Executive Board has been “a privilege and a blessing.”

“I am grateful for the good people of many faiths I have met and the wonderful friends I have made.”

I enjoyed attending the Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado last month. Like many Primary...

Posted by Joy D. Jones on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In a Facebook post on June 27, Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency and Missionary Executive Council member, shared her and her husband’s experience serving as mission leaders in Resistencia, Argentina. Sister Franco said she reflected on her experience as she prepared for an address she gave to new mission leadership at the 2019 New Mission Leadership Seminar.

“As we served with the missionaries and members in Argentina, we were continually reminded that out of all the many valuable resources available to us as mission leaders, 'the most valuable of all is our knowledge that our Heavenly Father is with us. We knew we could ask Him for His help and guidance and He would 'direct (our) path(s).'”

I spent several days this week with newly called and set-apart mission leaders as they participated in a new mission...

Posted by Cristina B. Franco on Thursday, June 27, 2019

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