This week on social media, President Nelson expressed gratitude for birthday wishes, and other Church leaders shared counsel of peace and testimonies of principles concerning the eternal nature of individuals and families.
On Friday, Sept. 6, President Russell M. Nelson celebrated his 95th birthday with a concert featuring The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square were joined by Donny Osmond, The Bonner Family, Nathan Pacheco, Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four and GENTRI. President Nelson expressed thanks and love to everyone who participated in the event in an Instagram post on Sept. 7. In the video he posted, he shared his testimony of Jesus Christ at the celebration.
“Most humbly and gratefully I thank all who participated in tonight’s sublime celebration,” he said. “To each of you I express my love, my gratitude, and my testimony.”
President Nelson’s thanks and gratitude didn’t end there.
In a Sept. 12 Instagram post, he shared a photo of him with birthday cards and letters from family and friends.
“Dear precious family and friends, I am totally overcome with feelings of love and gratitude,” President Nelson said. “Please know of my heartfelt feelings of appreciation and affection! I thank you all, most sincerely.”
In another Instagram post on Sept. 11, President Nelson testified of people’s true identity. He taught that individuals, as sons or daughters of God who were created in His image, were taught in the spirit world in preparation for the latter days.
“Learn for yourselves who you really are,” President Nelson invited. “Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper the life-changing truth to you.”
President Nelson also shared his love and concern for followers and invited them to listen to his upcoming Sept. 17 BYU Devotional address.
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, shared a photo of him with his grandchildren in a Sept. 11 Instagram post. He related an experience when a prophet brought him peace when he once worried that some of his family members choices would make it so they couldn’t be together forever.
“I testify that as you live worthy of the celestial kingdom, the prophetic promise that ‘family arrangements will be more wonderful than you can imagine’ will be yours,” he said.
In a Sept. 12 Instagram post, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared one of his wedding photos along with his testimony of the temple.
“As you worthily enter the temple and keep the covenants made here, I promise you that each time you come you will leave a little better person, a little more trusting in Jesus Christ, a little more a disciple of the Savior,” he said. “This is how I have experienced spiritual growth in the temple.”
Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a fun way to help families stay engaged during general conference. Her Sept. 10 Facebook post shared a link to notebook designed by the New Era that can be downloaded and printed.
“There are lots of pages for notes, sprinkled with quotes and graphics that will help you to stay focused and learn the will of the Lord,” she said. She then asked, “How has writing down spiritual impressions strengthened your testimony?”