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This week on social: How to better understand the scriptures and have hope in trials

Church leaders post on social media about principles of prayer, the importance of friendship and more


Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tweeted about serving others as the Savior did in order to find hope amidst trials.

Screenshot from Elder Ulisses Soares’ tweet | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

On Sept 5, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tweeted, “The quickest way to find hope in your trials is to turn your heart to the Savior and to follow His example and serve others.” He said that in helping others, as Christ did, the Savior will help the individual find him or herself.

Here are more social posts from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from this week.

Sister Amy A. Wright of the Primary general presidency posted on Facebook on Sept. 4 about the impact friendships may have, specifically when able young men are aiming to fulfill the call to serve the Lord through a mission.

She wrote: “It is my prayer that like the paralytic in Mark 2, we will choose friends who will lead us to Jesus Christ. Friends who will not be easily deterred.”

“Please join us on Sept. 11 as we share some fascinating stories involving these items that will inspire all of us as we seek together to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ,” tweeted Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. On Sept. 4 he invited all to join the event.

On Facebook, Sister Michelle D. Craig of the Young Women general presidency posted about anxiety and depression, encouraging those feeling a lack of worth or spirituality to be compassionate with others and themselves.

She said, on Sept. 8, “Discipleship is a journey and becoming is a process — without a set timeline. Above all, turn to Jesus Christ, who is the source of all hope and healing. He stands ready.”

Brother Milton Camargo of the Sunday School general presidency asked on Facebook on Sept. 8, “Can you imagine the Savior praying to the Father for you by name? What is your experience praying for those you teach?”

He said that the Lord prayed for His disciples and one teaching the Savior exhibited was to pray for others by name, just as He did for His disciples.

On Sept. 3, Brother Jan E. Newman of the Sunday School general presidency shared a Facebook post about the scriptures and that while they may prove difficult to understand at times, focusing on finding the Savior has helped him learn from the text.

“When I get bogged down in scripture that seems hard to understand, I begin looking for Jesus Christ in the words, stories, and symbolism,” he said. “The scriptures truly testify of Him. This helps me find beauty in every chapter.”

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles tweeted on Sept. 9, “I plead with you to use the wonderful gift of sight to look to God and live.” He shared a video of him explaining the greatness of the gift of sight and how individuals might use this gift in a purposeful way.

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