Al Fox Carraway’s new video and James The Mormon’s posts on Black History Month are two of many things you’ll find in this week’s Mormon Mentions. Other mentions include Lindsey Stirling and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Carraway’s blog post “Love EVERYONE — You Are Not a Bad Person” became its own video edition this week. She promotes a spirit of love as she invites everyone to experience the goodness, change and happiness of the gospel.
“I don’t care if you’re covered in tattoos, I don’t care what age or race or gender you are, I don’t care if you grew up and stayed in the church, if you grew up and left the church, or if you never heard of the church until now— everyone is welcome and invited to partake of forgiveness,” she says in the video.
In honor of Black History Month, James The Mormon announced that every day in February he will post about an African-American event or person that has made an impact. His first post featured Rosa Parks, “the mother of the civil rights movement.”
Stirling quoted Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on Twitter this week.
Self-esteem advocate Ashley Romney posted her favorite way to study the Book of Mormon.
Mormon YouTuber Davey Orgill quoted Sister Carole M. Stephens about the Atonement and trusting in God with his family picture on Sunday.
Time Out For Women released videos of stories shared during its 2017 tour. One of the videos features Jamie Johnson of Logan, Utah, who found ways to inspire people through her blog after facing heart failure while pregnant.
In a post on his Facebook page, Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared the story of Jane Manning James, the daughter of a freed slave and one of the first pioneers to arrive in Utah. She was a humble convert to the church who said, “I try in my feeble way to set a good example to all” as she helped build Zion.
“May we all follow Jane’s example of faith on our own trek through life. As we follow the Savior, He will bless us and lead us safely home,” Elder Ballard wrote.
Other LDS leaders focused their posts on the Sabbath Day. Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, invited his social media followers to comment on how keeping the Sabbath Day holy has brought them closer to the Lord.
“Nine days ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had been very weak for a couple months and didn’t think I could make it to church today. But I went and during the sacrament I experienced the greatest out pouring of the Spirit and a witness that this experience is a blessing my Father in Heaven has given me to experience,” commented one follower, Debbie Simmons Noorlander.
A post on the Facebook account of Elder D. Todd Christofferson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, talked about the importance of the Sacrament. “To eat His flesh and drink His blood is a striking way of expressing how completely we must bring the Savior into our life—into our very being—that we may be one,” he wrote.
Elder Dale G. Renlund, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Ruth, spoke to students at the Logan Institute of Religion on Jan. 28 during the 75th Annual Joseph Smith Memorial Devotional.
“We hope they—and all of us—will remember that as we seek to recognize and understand promptings from the Holy Ghost, we need to remember to look at all authoritative sources. Those sources become the checks and balances on our personal revelation,” he posted on Facebook the following day.
In a post on Facebook, President Russell M. Nelson reflected on his days as a surgeon when he had to inform the family when a loved one passed away. He quoted Alma 11:42 and wrote, “How grateful I am for the truth that death allows us to progress to the next world.”
The Facebook account of President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, shared counsel his widowed mother gave him before going off to graduate school after he had been working at a radio station that required Sundays. She told him of the blessings his father received when he chose to not study on Sunday. “That counsel, which I determined to follow, has changed my life.”
On the Facebook page of President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, a post was shared about the incredible service of a Latter-day Saint couple during the breaking of the Teton Dam. “Their faith—put into action through sacrifice—brought the change of heart that allowed them to feel the love of God,” he wrote.
A Twitter post on the account of Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, told his followers on Twitter, “No matter your history — if you have faltered, failed, feel broken, bitter, betrayed, or beaten — know that you are not alone.”
Elder Gary E. Stevenson, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, used his post this week to reflect on President Thomas S. Monson and embrace President Nelson as “the embodiment of Christlike leadership.” He said President Nelson is a remarkable man and “in the same way that each of his 10 children, 57 grandchildren, and 116 great-grandchildren feel that they are his favorite, so it is with each of us.”