Highlighting this week’s Mormon Mentions, members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared their thoughts on Facebook after the recent change in church leadership.
President Russell M. Nelson declared his devotion to God and Jesus Christ and pledged to serve them with “every remaining breath of my life.” He also directed his post to women, youth and “anyone who finds themselves in unideal circumstances.”
“Now, whatever your concerns, whatever your challenges,” he wrote, “I wish to assure you that there is a place for you in this, the Lord’s Church. Our Father in Heaven cherishes His children and wants each of us to return home to Him.”
President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring wrote about their feelings on serving in the new First Presidency.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to give my full efforts to bear witness of Jesus Christ, the Light and Life of the World, and to proclaim the truth of His restored gospel,” President Oaks said.
“Every association I have had with President Russell M. Nelson and President Dallin H. Oaks has increased my ability to remember the Savior, keep sacred covenants, and find joy in the influence of the Holy Ghost,” President Eyring said.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder David A. Bednar reflected on the process of succession and the special meeting in the temple on Sunday when President Nelson was ordained.
“As a participant, I must say it was a sweet, sacred experience in which the Lord’s will was clearly manifest and all were in full accord,” Elder Christofferson wrote. “This experience confirmed once again, for me, that Jesus Christ directs His Church.”
“The heavens are not closed. God speaks — to us individually and to the leaders of His latter-day kingdom on earth. I look forward with great anticipation to the leadership President Nelson will provide,” Elder Bednar wrote.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband was recently asked by church leaders to represent the church in combined effort to combat teen suicide. He posted about LDS.org’s website on suicide prevention.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is committed to do all that we can do, not only in our congregations but also in working with other churches, schools, society, and other task forces to come together to face this issue,” he wrote.
The LDS Church posted a video on Instagram of President Oaks discussing the importance of loving those who make choices we don't agree with.
"In the end," he said, "that is something you can always do."
Elder Dale G. Renlund used his experience with replacing batteries in a smoke detector to illustrate the way the gospel helps prevent problems.
"That doesn't mean that all problems relate to some fault of ours, but we certainly are able to prevent many other things from happening -- and we don't have to carry ladders around in the middle of the night!" he wrote on Facebook.13 comments on this story
Mormon Channel released a new video yesterday about the pains of struggling with divorce. The video highlights the experience of a woman whose husband became involved with prescription drugs and eventually left her.
“As hard as that was, to realize this thing that was never supposed to crumble was crumbling, it was this amazing gift too because I could move on. It’s a hard message to convey … but the advice I would give is God has a plan and it’s not always the blueprint that you think it should be. Just listen, and ask and be open to different answers,” Meggan said.