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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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).'”