This Week on Social Media: Temples Point to Jesus Christ

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It’s not the location or architecture of a temple that matters—it’s the ordinances within, President Russell M. Nelson said in a video posted to his social media Sunday, Aug. 14. He described each temple as “a symbol of Jesus Christ.”

“I promise that if you take the time to attend the temple regularly, it will change your life,” wrote President Nelson. “It will bless your families, strengthen your faith, and open the floodgates of heaven to you.”

President Nelson was one of many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who posted about temples on social media this week.

Sharing President Nelson’s video on his Facebook page, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified, “If we are faithful to the covenants we make in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Days we can get all the divine opportunities that God can give.

Sister Amy A. Wright, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, participated in the rededication of the Washington DC Temple with President Nelson. In an Aug. 15 Facebook post, Sister Wright wrote about the Bradley family being sealed in the Washington, D.C., Temple in 1976. Their daughter Amy, who was 6 at the time, told her mother, “Mom , I didn’t. I didn’t see Jesus while I was in the temple, but I certainly felt him there.

“No matter what our age, sacred temples can help us feel close to Jesus Christ as we come to know Him and make sacred promises with God,” Sister Wright wrote.

Henry B. Eyring, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, shared a video filmed over the weekend of the rededication of the Tokyo Japan Temple with Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

“All that happens in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints points us to the Savior and will serve as an anchor in the difficult times ahead,” President Eyring wrote in the publication. August 17 Facebook.

Sharing the message on his Facebook page, Elder Stevenson wrote, “It has been my privilege to listen to President Henry B. Eyring speak about temples and to participate in this rededication with him. The effects of temple and family history activities for followers of Jesus Christ in Japan will be amazing.

Young Women general president Bonnie H. Cordon shared the story of a youth camp leader who helped a young woman down the rock face at a Young Women camp.

“Our opportunity this summer wasn’t just to go to girls camp or hike or even FSY, it’s to love, share and invite others to come unto Christ and prepare for contract, receive and respect the holy covenants”, declared President Cordon. wrote in an August 19 Facebook post.

Sister Rebecca L. Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, shared a video of the Young Women presidency answering questions about serving youth. “Ask the class presidency” was the answer to all questions.

“The class presidency has been set apart to lead and can receive revelation to answer almost any question,” Sister Craven wrote in an Aug. 18 Facebook post. “They know your youth better than anyone, because they are one!”

Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared on Facebook Aug. 18 a glimpse of his study of the Book of Mormon—the hopeful counsel Mormon gave to his lonely son, Moroni:

“My son, be faithful in Christ; and that the things which I have written do not afflict you, to the point of weighing you down unto death; but may Christ lift you up, and may his sufferings and death, and the exposition of his body to our fathers, and his mercy and longsuffering, and the hope of his glory and eternal life, rest forever in your mind” (Moroni 9:25).

This week, David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles also shared a glimpse of the Book of Mormon on social media. In an August 14 article, he read the sacrament prayer in Moroni 4:3 and emphasized the will—promising his will to take the name of Christ.

During his devotional during BYU Education Week Aug. 16, Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discussed some of the doctrines and initiatives provided by Presidents of the Church over the 100 last years.

“I am grateful that prophetic revelations and pronouncements have provided both immunity and a safe haven for faithful members of the Church,” he wrote on Facebook. “Adherence to the prophetic revelation of the prophet called by the Lord brought security and peace.”

On August 19, Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared on Twitter a link to an article he wrote for the August 2022 Liahona titled “Trust God and Let Him Triumph.” It describes the story of Job in the Old Testament.

“When we trust in God, we remain optimistic and hopeful even when we don’t understand why we face certain challenges,” Elder Renlund wrote.

Also on Twitter, Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared a new Church video titled “Room in the Inn” that features excerpts from his April 2021 general conference address.

“In Paris, at Chartres Cathedral, I love the story of the Good Samaritan in stained glass. Jesus Christ invites us to become, like him, a good Samaritan, to make his inn a place of grace and space, with room for all,” Elder Gong wrote in the August 18 message.

Sister J. Anette Dennis, newly appointed first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, expressed her gratitude for the prayers offered for her and the new presidency. She wrote in an August 15 Facebook post, “I look forward to working with you as a worldwide fellowship in Christ, striving to reach out in love and truly serve others, especially those in need. most need, using the Savior’s life and service as our example. Let’s do it like He did.

His fellow counselor, Sister Kristin M. Yee, also posted on Facebook this week, asking for comments on how unity can be increased in Relief Society.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to serve in Relief Society with all of you, my dear friends and sisters,” she wrote. “I hope you know that our presidency loves you and, more importantly, that the Savior loves you. We need you in this work. We need your personality, your uniqueness, your experiences and your faith. Who you are is exactly what the Lord needs.

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