This week on social: President Ballard on how he found faith in Christ while in England

Church leaders posting on social media this week include President Ballard sharing about his mission, Elder Bednar on why children are precious gifts and President Johnson reflects on her recent ministry in in Argentina, Paraguay and Chile

This week on social media, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted about sharing the gospel, tithing and more.

President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told on Instagram how he found faith in Jesus Christ while in England.

“Defending and teaching about the Church of Jesus Christ as a missionary taught me a lot about defending the Lord,” he said in a video posted Nov. 30. “The lessons I learned then have helped sustain my faith.”

Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, posted on Instagram on Nov. 28 about a family story on acting in faith in Jesus Christ. She wrote: “The scriptures are filled with examples of men and women, disciples of Christ, who, when facing the impossible, simply acted — who got up in faith and walked.”

Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted about his experience at the Washington D.C. Temple lighting ceremony. He tweeted, “Our scriptures speak of Jesus Christ as the light of the world. We seek to follow His light during this Christmas season.”

On Nov. 27, Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared a message from her niece who is serving as a full-time missionary for the Church. Sister Wright quoted her niece: “We have to learn to trust in Him and walk by faith rather than by sight. In the process, we grow to understand our potential and how heaven works. I love it!”

On Facebook on Dec. 1, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a video of him and Sister Susan Bednar surprising Emmy, their recent young interviewer, in Primary. He said: “Children are precious gifts. They are innocent and their hearts are pure.”

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson posted about her recent visit to Church members in Argentina, Paraguay and Chile. She wrote, “Although we addressed some large groups of people, I felt that I had been sent to minister one by one, in the Savior’s way.”

She also shared in another post about meeting with missionaries who served when she and her husband were mission leaders in Peru Arequipa Mission. She wrote: “The Lord is mindful of us. He knows our needs. He will guide others to minister to us — and if we are willing, He will direct us to those in need of care.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted on Instagram on Dec. 1 about a ceremony he attended at the World Peace Dome in India. “Jesus Christ taught that the ‘gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations’ (Matthew 24:14),” he said. “I count myself blessed to be a witness to the ongoing fulfillment of these words.”

On Dec. 1, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles introduced Lucas and Matias Gervic, whose parents are serving in the Chile Puerto Montt Mission as mission leaders, and recognized their sacrifice. He wrote on Facebook, “I am grateful for and pray for Lucas, Matias, and Bastian and all of the children of mission leaders throughout the world.”

On Dec. 2, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund shared a personal experience he had with his father about tithing. He wrote on Facebook: “When we pay a full tithe, we form a link with Heavenly Father that remains. Every payment creates a new bond of sacrifice and connection.”

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