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This week on social: It’s time to say ‘hello, goodbye’ to Primary and Relief Society presidencies

Church leaders introduce new presidencies and share how to strengthen testimonies of the Savior


President Russel M. Nelson posts on Facebook on Aug. 1 about caring for personal testimonies of Jesus Christ.

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This week on social media, Church leaders encouraged strong testimony building and expressed gratitude for Church callings.

On Aug. 1, President Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shared a video on Facebook. He said, “I plead with you to take charge of your testimony of Jesus Christ. Work for it. Own it. Care for it. Nurture it so that it will grow. Then watch for miracles to happen in your life.”

New Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson posted on Facebook on Aug. 1. As she looks forward to serving in her new calling, she said, “We embark on this journey together! I am putting my trust in the Lord to know what is needful for you, my dear sisters.”

In addition to her post about her new calling as Relief Society president, on Aug. 2, President Johnson shared the link to her conversation on the Church News podcast. She invited all to listen.

On Facebook on July 31, Sister Sharon Eubank shared her last post as first counselor of the Relief Society general presidency as Sister J. Anette Dennis now holds this title. She said, “I have loved meeting with you and serving with you, and I cannot wait for you to get to know Sister Anette Dennis.”

“The Lord has prepared her for this time in her life. I can’t wait to learn from her,” said Sister Reyna I. Aburto of Sister Kristin M. Yee as the new Relief Society second counselor. In the video, Sister Yee expressed her gratitude and excitement as she takes the torch.

On Aug. 3, Sister Yee introduced herself on Facebook and provided a bit of her background to help followers get to know her. She shared about family and work experience, as well as her passion for painting and backpacking.

She said, “I’m grateful and excited to serve my Savior and to serve with you, my dear sisters and friends in the Relief Society!“

President Susan H. Porter is now the new Primary general president. On Aug. 2, on Facebook, she expressed the humility she feels to serve in this new capacity. She shared a video and invited followers to ask themselves what children may contribute and offer in the Lord’s Church.

On July 30, President Johnson posted a Facebook video with President Porter and said, “My new assignment in Relief Society will afford me the opportunity to continue to counsel with President Porter as we consider how Relief Society sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, neighbors, and friends can bless the lives of children.”

In addition, President Porter shared the link to the Church News podcast she was recently in. On Aug. 2, she put the link on Facebook encouraging others to listen to the discussion.

On Aug. 3, Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, listed reasons on Facebook that she loves serving in Primary. She listed:

“Children come into this world full of faith with believing hearts. Children have an innate sensitivity to the manifestations of the Spirit. Children are naturally loving and forgiving.”

As Sister Wright leaves the second counselor calling for the first counselor calling, she welcomes Sister Tracy Y. Browning. On Facebook, she shared a video on Aug. 3 and introduced Sister Browning.

She said: “Sister Browning was born in New York and raised in Jamaica. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 16! I am inspired by the power of her testimony and the goodness of her heart.”

On Facebook on Aug. 4, Sister Browning said: “Hello, new friends! I am excited to join the Primary general presidency and serve with all of you. I don’t have much experience serving in Primary, so this will be a new experience for me! Children are so teachable, and they can recognize the Spirit. I’m looking forward to serving and learning from them.” She also posted a video expressing her thoughts on Primary and what she has learned.

On July 30, Sister Wright posted a Facebook video with President Porter. President Porter said, “Next week, she will take over my responsibilities as first counselor in the Primary general presidency. I’m so grateful that we will have many more years of counseling together!”

Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon posted on Facebook on Aug. 3. She said: “Have I ever told you that our presidency LOVES when you ask questions? That’s why we are starting a new video series where we answer questions you submit.”

She also shared a video of the Young Women presidency responding to the question, “Who teaches young women on Sunday?“

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