This week on social: Missionary efforts have ‘profound impact’

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf shares an experience about a missionary who taught his wife, and other leaders share the importance of focusing on Jesus Christ

Church leaders shared on social media this week posts about focusing on Jesus Christ, effects of missionary work and repentance.

On Sept. 6, President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, wrote in a social post, “In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit.”

“Some of the most beautiful of the Savior’s words that have helped me focus on Him during difficult times in my life come from the book of Isaiah,” said Sister J. Anette Dennis, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, posted a picture of him and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, on Sept. 3. He shared an experience they had recently with the death of one of the missionaries who taught Sister Uchtdorf.

“I’m not sure if our missionaries will ever truly know the profound impact their efforts have on the eternities of those whom they invite to come unto Christ,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “May our Father in Heaven bless our missionaries and their families for their selfless labors as they give of their time and resources to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sister Andrea Muñoz Spannaus, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared on Instagram on Sept. 5, what it was like finding her testimony as a teenager.

“I realized that if I was embarrassed, it was because I was thinking more about myself than about my friends,” Sister Spannaus said.

“Because Christ is salvation. Christ is peace. Christ is forgiveness. Christ is hope. Christ is love. ... If my task was to love my friends, wouldn’t I want the best for them?

“And the best? The best is always Christ.”

“Repentance requires the Redeemer. Turning away from evil does not bring spiritual healing without turning to Him,” said Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sept. 8.

Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, asked on Sept. 6: “Have you ever considered what you can learn from experiences in your physical body?”

She then shared her experience overcoming stage 4 ovarian cancer. “Physical suffering, if endured well, can be ennobling and sanctifying,” said Sister Wright. “Our physical bodies can help our spirits learn compassion, humility, patience, long-suffering, gratitude, virtue, empathy, and so much more.

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared Sept. 2 a video of him interviewing two young adults from South Korea.

“Like our friends in Korea, you love Jesus Christ and are a light to those around you,” the Apostle said in post. He then encouraged readers to comment who they feel have been “valiant examples” to them.

“Jesus Christ is our perfect example of charity,” said Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Sept. 5.

Elder Soares described some of the humanitarian projects he has been involved with the past year.

“As we pursue and develop the attribute of charity, we will become more sensitive to the needs of our fellow beings,” he wrote. “We will experience joy, peace and spiritual growth. Our efforts will make us as individuals and society a better place.

On Sept. 7, Brother Bradley R. Wilcox, first counselor in the Young Men general presidency, talked about his gratitude and excitement about being involved with the Utah Area YSA “Together in Christ” conference during August.

“What a GREAT experience it was to be part of the largest young single adult conference in the history of the Church,” said Brother Wilcox.

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