Quantcast

Elder Holland tweets now, too: 'Being with missionaries is the greatest'

Published: Wednesday, May 7 2014 10:28 p.m. MDT

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland tweeted Tuesday night.

, The Church of Jesus Christ

Enlarge photo»

PROVO — The LDS Twitterverse is aflutter about apostles tweeting.

Two days after Elder M. Russell Ballard became the first apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to send a tweet, a fellow member of the Quorum of the Twelve joined him.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland tweeted Tuesday night about speaking at the Missionary Training Center.

By Tuesday afternoon, Elder Ballard's account — @M_RBallard — had more than 11,200 Twitter followers. In fewer than 24 hours, more than 7,200 began to follow Elder Holland at @J_R_Holland.

Speculation buzzed about other accounts found by excited Twitter users, but an LDS Church spokeswoman declined to confirm they were official. Clearly, the launch of apostle Twitter accounts is a soft one.

"Twitter accounts for other church leaders won’t be announced or promoted until they are actively being used," Jessica Moody said.

Moody did confirm, as she did Monday after Elder Ballard's tweet, that other church leaders will be using Twitter.

Speculation was intense Tuesday about which leaders would be joining Twitter and where to find them on the social media platform. Of the other 10 apostles, excited Twitter users uncovered nine with apparent accounts that seem to match those of Elder Ballard and Elder Holland.

Interested watchers couldn't readily find one for Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

However, they did uncover what appear to be accounts ready to launch for two members of the church's First Presidency, President Henry B. Eyring and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

No similar account could be found of church President Thomas S. Monson.

All 11 of the apparent accounts already had nearly 1,000 or more followers by Tuesday afternoon.

Email: twalch@deseretnews.com

Get The Deseret News Everywhere

Subscribe

Mobile

RSS