Parenthood, perseverance and purpose were the themes in messages shared by Church leaders across social media this week. With Father's Day and changes to the Hymnbook and Children's Songbook recently announced, topics focused on faith, finding joy in parenthood and the importance of music.
On June 18, Elder Ronald A. Rasband's Facebook account shared a message about the importance of music. The post was made in response to the Church's announcement stating that members can contribute to the new editions of the Hymnbook and Children's Songbook that will be published in the future.
Sister Cristina B. Franco, second counselor in the Primary general presidency, will be serving as an adviser on the creation of the new Children's Songbook and recently shared her memories of singing out of the songbook while growing up in Argentina.
In the spirit of Father's Day on Sunday, June 17, Elder Quentin L. Cook addressed the concerns of those who worry about marriage and raising children. Elder Cook counseled that finding a righteous spouse "whom you admire and will be your best friend" can produce loving, righteous children.
He also shared an experience of meeting a young boy while on a recent trip to Brazil and assured "there is great joy and happiness waiting for you in your future children."
A Father's Day message was also shared on Elder D. Todd Christofferson's Facebook account. The post looked back on a photo of Elder Christofferson's family, and he expressed gratitude to his father and for the opportunity to be a father himself.
"Fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve," he wrote. "Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy."
Father's Day messages were not limited to the brethren. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society general president, shared a childhood picture of her and her father. Sister Bingham said it can be hard for those without a good example of a father figure during this life to image what Heavenly Father is like, but that it is not impossible.
"Let your imagination soar, creating a Being with all the best characteristics a perfect Father would embody," she suggested.
Sister Bingham also expressed gratitude for the men in her life and the way they have strengthened her and been an example to her, despite their own imperfections.
On Facebook, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's Facebook account stated that although life can be extremely difficult and full of mistakes, that darkness and hardship does not need to be permanent.
"Trouble need never be permanent nor fatal. Darkness always yields to light," he said. "The sun always rises. Faith, hope, and charity will always triumph in the end. Furthermore, they will triumph all along the way."
Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women general president, talked about the benefits of turning towards Christ in a recent Facebook post.
"We stay centered in our lives as we turn toward and follow the Savior Jesus Christ," she said.
Sister Becky Craven, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to teach about and practice ministering on a recent trip to the Caribbean.
"Ministering is about love, being a friend, and inviting others to join you. It is about helping each other, but it also helps us become more like our Savior," she wrote. "These wonderful Saints helped me better understand the pure love of our Savior, Jesus Christ."