This week on social: Church leaders visit Kenya temple and express concern for Hawaii

One of Elder Rasband’s ‘favorite moments’ was visiting the construction site of the Nairobi Kenya Temple

Seeing a day inside the life of an Apostle, ministering in central Africa and seeing a temple there, concern for those affected by the Hawaii wildfires, and other messages of inspiration and encouragement were shared by Church leaders this week.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a video on Aug. 18 of highlights from what a day of an Apostle at Church Headquarters looks like.

“We have an endless series of assignments,” he explained during the video. One of the assignments he shared in the video was him assigning 201 prospective elders and sisters to missions.

Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson expressed heartfelt concern for community of Lahaina, Maui, on Aug. 16.

“To our brothers and sisters in Lahaina, Kula, and Kihei who have lost loved ones, homes, livelihoods, schools, and so much more, please know that I’ve wept for you and I am praying for you.”

Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles talks about his experience visiting the Nairobi Kenya Temple in an Instagram post on Aug. 18, calling it one of his “favorite moments” while ministering in central Africa.

“I believe having a temple in Kenya and in other locations in Africa is an eternally significant way in which our Heavenly Father is preparing His children to receive the blessings of eternity with Him,” said Elder Rasband.

“I am learning that everything starts with a fervent desire,” said Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency on Aug. 17.

“We all have limitations, but what matters is how we learn and grow from the obstacles that might otherwise set us back,” said Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles after sharing a story of Marcos Rossi on social media Aug. 14.

“Despite his struggles, Marcos’ faith is strong. He understands his trials are temporary. His gratitude for Heavenly Father’s eternal plan keeps him happy and motivated each day.”

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“Children may be small in stature, but they’re not small in spirit,” said Sister Tracy Y. Browning, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, on Aug. 11.

“As we invite them to use their discipleship, look at them as disciples, and treat them as disciples, they will rise to whatever bar we set for them.”

In a joint post on Aug. 11, Young Men General President Steven J. Lund and his second counselor, Brother Michael T. Nelson, posted a video together reminding youth about the 2023 Youth Music and Arts Festival was coming up on Aug. 15.

Riding life’s waves means “trusting in God and being faithfully vulnerable to His timing, love, and wisdom day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment,” said Sister Kristin M. Yee, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, on Aug. 15.

“He knows what is before you,” Sister Yee continued. “He knows how to help you, and He will not forsake you. He will give you what you need in the moment you need it. He will show you how to pass through the impossible with His power and provide you with the peace that you so desperately need.”

In a video posted on Aug. 16, Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, second counselor in the Young Men’s general presidency, talked about why he chooses to use the words “I know” when referring to his testimony of Jesus Christ.

“I know through my own experience,” he said.

Continuing, Brother Wilcox touched on the importance of his own scripture study verses relying on others. “I know through my personal study. I don’t settle for soundbites on social media or on the internet — I read deeply. I write about what I am learning, and that gives me the right to say I know through my study.”

Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, posted on Aug. 14, “Change has brought so many blessings in my life and those blessings have come in the form of people.”

Although change can be uncomfortable, change can bring opportunity, Sister Wright said.

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