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This week on social: Temples point to Jesus Christ

President Russell M. Nelson was one of several Church leaders who posted about temples on social media this week


In a Facebook post on Aug. 14, President Russell M. Nelson shared a video about the importance of temples and how it is the ordinances inside that matter most.

Screenshot from Russell M. Nelson Facebook

It is not the location or architecture of a temple that matters — it is the ordinances inside, President Russell M. Nelson said in a video posted on his social media channels on Sunday, Aug. 14. He described each temple as “a symbol of Jesus Christ.”

“I promise that if you will make time to be in the temple regularly, it will change your lives,” President Nelson wrote. “It will bless your families, strengthen your faith and open the windows of heaven for you.”

President Nelson was one of several leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that posted about temples on social media this week. 

Sharing President Nelson’s video on his Facebook page, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified: “If we are faithful to the covenants we make in temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can obtain all the divine possibilities God can give.”

Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, participated in the rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple with President Nelson. In a Facebook post on Aug. 15, Sister Wright wrote about the Bradley family who was sealed in the Washington D.C. Temple in 1976. Their daughter Amy, who was 6 years old at the time, told her mother: “Mom, I didn’t see Jesus while I was in the temple, but I sure felt Him there.”

Sister Wright wrote, “No matter our age, holy temples can help us feel close to Jesus Christ as we learn of Him and make sacred promises with God.”

President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, shared a video filmed the weekend of the Tokyo Japan Temple rededication with Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“Everything that happens in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints points us toward the Savior and will act as an anchor through challenging times ahead,” President Eyring wrote in the Aug. 17 Facebook post.

Sharing the post on his Facebook page, Elder Stevenson wrote: “It was a privilege for me to listen to President Henry B. Eyring teach about temples and to participate in this rededication with him. The effects of temple and family history activities for disciples of Jesus Christ in Japan will be amazing.”

Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon recounted a story of a youth camp leader who helped a young woman off the rock wall at a Young Women camp.

“Our opportunity this summer wasn’t just to go to girls’ camp or trek or even FSY, it is to love, share, and invite others to come unto Christ and prepare for making, receiving, and keeping holy covenants,” President Cordon wrote in a Aug. 19 Facebook post.

Sister Rebecca L. Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a video of the Young Women presidency answering questions about helping the youth. “Ask the class presidency” was the answer to every question.

“The class presidency has been set apart to lead and can receive revelation to answer almost any question,” Sister Craven wrote in an Aug. 18 Facebook post. “They know your youth better than anyone, because they are one!”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared on Facebook on Aug. 18 an insight from his Book of Mormon study — the hopeful counsel Mormon gave to his lonely son, Moroni:

“My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever” (Moroni 9:25).

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also shared an insight from the Book of Mormon on social media this week. In an Aug. 14 post, he read the sacrament prayer in Moroni 4:3 and emphasized willingness — pledging one’s willingness to take upon the name of Christ.

During his devotional at BYU Education Week on Aug. 16, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discussed some of the doctrine and initiatives that have been provided by Presidents of the Church over the last 100 years.

“I am grateful that prophetic revelations and declarations have provided both immunity and a safe harbor for faithful members of the Church,” he wrote on Facebook. “Adherence to prophetic revelation from the Lord’s called prophet has brought safety and peace.”

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a link on Twitter on Aug. 19 to an article he wrote for the August 2022 Liahona titled “Trust God and Let Him Prevail.” It describes the story of Job in the Old Testament.

“When we trust God, we remain optimistic and hopeful even though we may not understand why we face certain challenges,” Elder Renlund wrote.

Also on Twitter, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a new Church video titled “Room in the Inn” that features excerpts of his April 2021 general conference talk.

“In Paris, at Chartres Cathedral, I love the story of the Good Samaritan in stained glass. Jesus Christ invites us to become, like Him, a good Samaritan, to make His Inn a place of grace and space, with room for all,” Elder Gong wrote in the Aug. 18 post.

Sister J. Anette Dennis, newly called first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, expressed gratitude for the prayers offered for her and the new presidency. She wrote in an Aug. 15 Facebook post: “I look forward to working together with you as a worldwide sisterhood in Christ, striving to reach out in love and truly minister to others, especially those who need it most, using the Savior’s life and service as our example. Let’s do it the way He did it.”

Her fellow counselor, Sister Kristin M. Yee, also posted on Facebook this week, asking for comments on how unity can be increased in Relief Society.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve in Relief Society with all of you, my dear friends and sisters,” she wrote. “I hope you know that our presidency loves you and, more importantly, that the Savior loves you. We need you in this work. We need your personality, uniqueness, experiences, and faith. Who you are is exactly what the Lord needs.”

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