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This week on social: Church leaders on Joseph Smith and how to build a relationship with the Savior

Tying in with the anniversary of the martyrdom of the of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Facebook and Twitter accounts of President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, posted earlier this week about his personal knowledge of the Prophet and the research he has done to learn more of him.

"I believe I am typical of the faithful Latter-day Saints of this second century," stated the Facebook post on President Oaks' account. "We did not meet Joseph Smith, but we feel we know him, and we love him through what he revealed and taught."

He continued by detailing the character of the young Prophet as he has come to know him through study.

"The Joseph Smith I met in my personal research was a man of the frontier — young, emotional, dynamic and so loved and approachable by his people that they often called him 'Brother Joseph,'" the post said.

Detailing the incredible amount that the Prophet was able to complete in a short lifetime, President Oaks' post concluded, "In all of my reading and original research, I have never been dissuaded from my testimony of his prophetic calling and of the gospel and priesthood restoration the Lord initiated through him."

I am a 65-year student of the life of Joseph Smith. I was born in 1932, when the Church was just over 100 years old. I...

Posted by Dallin H Oaks on Monday, June 25, 2018

Other Church leaders took to social media this week to reaffirm their faith in the Savior Jesus Christ and the ability each person has to build a personal relationship with Him.

"We must keep Christ as the center of our lives at all times and in all places," said Elder Ballard's tweet on June 27.

The same day, President Russell M. Nelson encouraged people to seek a personal relationship with Christ in posts on both Facebook and Twitter.

"Take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer," said President Nelson's Facebook post. "Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself — right now — how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference to your life than that!"

Making the apostolic promise that, "You will be given the answers to the questions of your heart, in the Lord's own way and time," President Nelson's post reaffirmed that a life directed by God will bring great joy and peace even in the face of challenges and disappointments.

Take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You...

Posted by Russell M Nelson on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Reflecting on the example of President Nelson, who was recently honored by the University of Utah , Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Seventy's Facebook account posted about the importance of emulating Christ.

"As covenant sons and daughters we have taken upon us the name of Christ," Elder Renlund's post said. "I've found myself evaluating how that name should influence my daily interactions with Father in Heaven's children. It is my desire to be better because of that covenant — to be a little kinder, just as the Savior always is."

Recently Ruth and I attended a dinner where the University of Utah announced the creation of a presidential, endowed...

Posted by Dale G. Renlund on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In a tweet on June 22, Elder Renlund also spoke of the love that our Father in Heaven has for each of us.

"God, in His infinite capacity, seals and heals individuals and families despite tragedy, loss and hardship," his Twitter account said.

Detailing how she recently decided to listen to the audio of the Book of Mormon, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, said in a post on her Facebook account, "I testify of the opportunity we have to receive a personal witness and have a very personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

Her post emphasized the power of the Book of Mormon in confirming the truth of Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of joy and truth.

I have read the powerful messages within the Book of Mormon many times throughout my life. However, recently I listened...

Posted by Lisa L. Harkness on Sunday, May 27, 2018

In an extended post on Facebook on June 22, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles detailed memorable moments from his recent trip to West Africa.

"The children in Africa are magnificent," his Facebook post read. "I loved being with them and hope I can become more like them. Their bright eyes, beautiful faces, and trusting nature always draw me to them ... ."

Quoting from Matthew 18, he continued, "Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

His post explained that "the humility and pureness of a child must be part of our lives" throughout out lives if we expect to become like Christ. He concluded by saying, "Amazingly, the Savior puts a very high premium on simple, uncomplicated and pure faith."

Kathy and I were recently in West Africa. Some of the most memorable moments were with the children. The children in...

Posted by Neil L Andersen on Friday, June 22, 2018

The Facebook account of Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women's general president, posted on June 27 about how she has found opportunities to serve others. Noting President Nelson's invitation to minister more to one another, Sister Cordon said, "Do you suddenly see opportunities to serve and minister everywhere you look?"

She shared an example of how a simple observation by her husband of someone in need led them and their neighbors to spend the evening helping out in their neighbor's yard.

"Whether you're spreading mulch, carrying a box, returning a grocery cart, helping with the dishes or taking time to listen — there is nothing small about these simple tasks," Sister Cordon's post said, noting that every act of service is a way of following the Savior's example.

Our prophets invitation to minster seems to have given us new sight - I love this! Do you suddenly see opportunities to...

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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