Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have joined the online conversation in recent years and are embracing the church's challenge to "share goodness" by posting uplifting messages and photos to social media.
In an August 2014 talk, Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, counseled church members to share "messages that are authentic, edifying and praiseworthy — and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood." General authorities and general auxiliaries for the church are becoming increasingly involved by posting to their official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Here is a look at the edifying messages LDS Church leaders shared between July 18 and July 30.
Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a story she wrote for the LDS Church News on Facebook on July 18. She invited readers to honor and prepare for the Sabbath before Sunday comes.
President Thomas S. Monson shared counsel on Twitter on July 19, July 22, July 28, and July 30.
Our responsibility is to rise from mediocrity to competence, from failure to achievement.— Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) July 19, 2015
We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain.— Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) July 22, 2015
The Lord is in the details of our lives.— Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) July 28, 2015
Change for the better can come to all.— Thomas S. Monson (@ThomasSMonson) July 30, 2015
President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, shared a post to Facebook on July 19, testifying about the hope that comes from the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
President Russell M. Nelson, president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared his thoughts on the hymn "How Great Thou Art" on Facebook on July 19. He gave background on the song and testified about the power of music.
Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, posted a photo to Facebook on July 20 and expressed gratitude for the opportunity she has to serve sisters through her calling.
Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, shared a photo to Facebook on July 21 from the Los Angeles Dodgers game, where she threw out the ceremonial first pitch. She asked followers to share a time when they exercised faith to try something new.
Elder Bednar posted to Facebook on July 22, reminding readers that they can find peace in the temple.
Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, posted to on Twitter on July 23, inviting readers to become better acquainted with the Lord.
Become acquainted with the Lord. Give the Lord the opportunity to share His love with you.— M. Russell Ballard (@BallardMRussell) July 23, 2015
President Monson shared a poem to Facebook on July 23, reminding followers to look for ways to love and serve those around them.
Sister Carol F. McConkie, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a photo on Facebook on July 23 from a recent pioneer trek. She expressed gratitude for all pioneers, including her mother.
President Eyring posted to Facebook on July 28, reminding followers to seek God like they would a friend.
President Monson posted a photo to Facebook on July 29 of a painting in his office. He said the painting of Jesus Christ helps him focus his thoughts and make decisions based on what the Savior would do.
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, tweeted on July 29 about following the Savior.
God's Apostles are profoundly aware of the different circumstances we all face. Let us help each other to follow the Savior.— Dieter F. Uchtdorf (@UchtdorfDF) July 29, 2015
Brother M. Joseph Brough, second counselor in the Young Men general presidency, shared a photo to Facebook on July 29 of young men from Kentucky and Indiana at a camp.
President Nelson encouraged reading the Book of Mormon in a Facebook post on July 30.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, counseled readers to ask the Lord for direction on what they can change in their lives in a Facebook post on July 30.