Social media posts with a connection to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members last week included news about an LDS comedian coming to town, a rivalry bet by a well-known Mormon rapper and posts about Mormon Helping Hands flood relief in Louisiana.
Mormon presidential candidate Evan McMullin was under fire Wednesday after Politico claimed McMullin had accidentally picked a running mate.
Although McMullin is "stuck" with close friend Nathan Johnson's name on eight state ballots, he is still free to select a more permanent running mate.
You can read his campaign's response to the Politico article here.
McMullin was also in the news locally when he opened a campaign office in Salt Lake City.
Last Friday, Donny Osmond posted a video on Twitter honoring Gene Wilder, who died Aug. 29.
In the video, Osmond points to a sign with a quote from Wilder, which he looks at every time before he goes on stage.
"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams," the sign reads.
"Thanks for the laughs," says Osmond in the video. "Thanks for the memories. May you rest in peace."
LDS comedian Ryan Hamilton will perform at Wiseguys in Ogden on Friday and Saturday, according to the comedy club's Twitter feed.
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Hamilton has performed on "Conan," "The Late Show" and "The Late Late Show" over the last couple of years.
For rivalry week, rapper James the Mormon showed his allegiance to the Cougars by wagering his toilet-cleaning services against permission to post on Utah Athletics' Twitter account.https://twitter.com/jamesthemormon/status/772982844289187840
James the Mormon also organized BYU fans at LaVell Edwards stadium to produce an anthem for the Cougars.https://twitter.com/jamesthemormon/status/773951645101072384
The LDS Church announced via its Instagram account on Thursday that it's now on Snapchat. You can follow it at ldschurch.
Mormon Helping Hands volunteers' work in assisting flood victims in Louisiana was a theme on social media this week.
David Archuleta posted a couple of videos on Instagram of his experiences helping out.
One video was taken from his car and shows the flood damage.
This was one of the areas where we were helping clean this weekend in Louisiana. Couldn't believe how much everyone had to get rid of and cleanup from flood-damage. It was sad to see how so many people lost everything in Louisiana, but it was a privilege to get to go down with my church group and help out as part of Mormon Helping Hands. Thanks everyone for looking out for us and we'll keep sending our love to those who are still in the process of starting new! This has made me think twice about what really matters and what I could live without, as everyone here had to learn what they didn't need and what they did need to start moving forward. Appreciate what you have. I know I need to reconsider a lot of things as I've gotten caught up lately in "worldly things" that could easily be gone tomorrow and then I realize I really didn't need. It reminds me of some verses in the New Testament: "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:20-21) Happy Labor Day weekend y'all, and don't forget to appreciate the family and friends that you're around. I think amongst all the sales and trips that happen this Labor Day weekend they are who we ought to treasure the most. If you aren't going hungry, have a shirt on your back, have shelter, and loved ones around you show some gratitude today. [Credit to Jessica Funke on our cleanup team for shooting the video.] #Louisiana #louisianaflood2016 #mormonhelpinghands #treasuresinheaven #labordayweekend #happylaborday #gratitude
The other is him narrating his surroundings in his yellow Helping Hands shirt and baseball cap as volunteers work around him.
Down in Louisiana helping out with the flood damage. Didn't have time to post this earlier today but it is a good feeling to help however you can. It's sad to see the damage to so many homes but amazing to see everyone come together. Service. Do it! #Louisiana #louisianafloods #mormonhelpinghands #service #gonzalesla
Mormon Newsroom posted a video on YouTube of general authorities, including President Russell M. Nelson, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Sister Neill F. Marriott, visiting some of the volunteers. The video also shows them donating money and food.
"Well, you know the Lord said the great commandments are to love God and the other is to love your neighbor as yourself," said President Nelson. "And we're really good at talking about it, but here you really see that in action."
Last month, a storm hit Louisiana and dumped more than two feet of rain in two days. This resulted in a devastating flood that damaged thousands of homes and businesses. This weekend, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Ialong with other Church leadersvisited with victims and volunteers in the Baton Rouge area. The Christlike service we witnessed while there was evidence of the good that can come from those who are willing to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. I told those who had been affected by this catastrophe that they would be able to endure through this season of deprivation and struggle with a stronger testimony that they are children of God, created in His image for a divine purpose. May we each continue to look for ways to serve those affected by these floodsas well as others throughout the world who stand in need of our assistance. Russell M. Nelson
While President Nelson and Elder Ballard were in Louisiana, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and Elder David A. Bednar were in Freiberg, Germany, for the temple rededication.
Elder Quentin L. Cook invited young adults to watch the Worldwide Devotional on Sunday with a special video.