This week on social: How to ‘stay the course’ in these uncertain times

Inspiring reminders like “look up,” “stay the course” and “bloom where you’re planted” dotted social media this week as Church leaders encouraged readers to repent and “hold on thy way.”

Turn to the Lord through repentance

At the recent 2020 Mission Leadership Seminar, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles addressed repentance. He wrote in a July 10 Facebook post, “Understanding correctly the principle of repentance is crucial for all of us, but especially for missionaries as they work with investigators and teach the Father’s plan of happiness.”

The Apostle quoted the Book of Mormon: “O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God” (Helaman 7:16–17). Repentance as the process of turning to God is an encouraging, hopeful, and recurring theme, he wrote.

At the recent new mission leadership seminar, I had the opportunity to teach the second principle of the gospel of Jesus…

Posted by David A. Bednar on Thursday, July 9, 2020

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The heavens remain open

On July 5, Elder Gary E. Stevenson shared on Facebook an Ensign article he wrote about the restoration of the priesthood. “The priesthood being restored allows God’s children to administer and receive saving and exalting ordinances,” the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote in the post.

“I testify that the heavens remain open to us on earth and that there is much more to come as the Lord prepares us for the exciting days ahead.”

I recently wrote an article in the “Ensign” focused on how the return of the priesthood to the earth made possible the…

Posted by Gary E. Stevenson on Sunday, July 5, 2020

‘Bloom where you’re planted’

In a July 7 Instagram post, Elder Gerrit W. Gong wrote that because he isn’t traveling on Church assignments for the time being, he’s learning how to garden with his wife: “When I am in the garden with her, I grow in love for gardens and for her.”

Sister and Elder Gong recently decorated their car for a missionary drive-by greeting with the phrase: “Bloom where you’re planted.”

Everyone is learning new patterns and ways to connect with others during this time, the Apostle wrote, and “I hope we will remember the lessons we had here and will remember to cherish the time we had together and the time not rushing around.”

Why we need to stay connected amid COVID-19 social distancing, Elder and Sister Gong say

He testified of God’s love for all: “With His help, we can truly learn to bloom where we are planted.”

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The expression “bloom where you’re planted” has always been true—but perhaps it is especially true now. This phrase symbolizes faith and flexibility. Sister Gong and I recently decorated our car with this phrase for a drive-by greeting for returning missionaries. One of the things which has been most tender to me about this unique time is that I have experienced this season in a different way this year. Because I have not been traveling on Church assignments, I have learned to garden with my wife. When I am in the garden with her, I grow in love for gardens and for her. I’ve gotten to smell the flowers and hear the birds in a different way. There is so much for each of us to learn and experience in situations like this. Many of us have learned to use technology in new ways to communicate with others. There are new patterns, new ways to think about what it means to be connected. I hope we will remember the lessons we had here and will remember to cherish the time we had together and the time not rushing around. I testify that the Father and the Son are in the details of our lives. Sometimes we may feel alone, lost, isolated, or separate, but we are not. We should always remember our Lord Jesus Christ knows us. He loves us. And we are never lost to Him. He is aware of us in the darkest hours and in the brightest days. With His help, we can truly learn to bloom where we are planted.

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‘Stay the course’

Sister Michelle Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, has a good friend named Karla. Once, on a flight back to Salt Lake City from the east, the plane stopped for a layover in another city. When the plane landed, Karla awoke from her nap and thought she was home.

Sister Craig wrote in a July 9 Facebook post that while getting off the plane, Karla was “a little sassy” to the pilot and made a comment asking if he was old enough to be flying the plane.

A sign, “Welcome to Oklahoma City” greeted her as she exited the plane. “She sheepishly went back to the plane,” Sister Craig wrote, “and as she was getting back on, the pilot said to his copilot, ‘I told you she’d be back.’ Then to her — ‘I can get you to your destination, but you need to stay the course.'”

Sister Craig quoted Doctrine and Covenants 122:9: “Therefore, hold on thy way … . Fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.”

“When we have questions that aren’t being answered, when the world sends us messages that are contrary to the words of living prophets and apostles, when we struggle remembering who we really are,” she wrote, “hold on thy way.”

I have a good friend named Karla. She is about the age of my mother and years ago was flying home to Salt Lake City from…

Posted by Michelle D. Craig on Thursday, July 9, 2020

‘Look up’

When on a walk with her mom and sister last summer, Sister Becky Craven of the Young Women general presidency saw a sign advertising a lost model airplane.

“I thought, ‘Ok, we’ll keep an eye out as we walk through the tall grass,'” she wrote in a July 9 Facebook post. “Suddenly, my sister said, ‘Look up.’ There was the airplane, hanging on an electrical wire.”

Sometimes, life’s “tall grass” is overwhelming and people forget to look up. Sister Craven shared a general conference talk by Elder Carl B. Cook about looking to God for help.

Have you ever seen a sign posted about a lost cat or dog? Last summer while I was on a walk with my mom and sister, we…

Posted by Becky Craven on Thursday, July 9, 2020