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This week on social: A Christmas thank you in July, Elder Renlund's family vacation in Iceland

Church leaders on social media this week encouraged readers to ask questions, avoid tearing others down and to watch for spiritual warnings.

Standing next to the Grandin Press in the Church History Museum, on which the Book of Mormon was printed, Elder Quentin L. Cook invited young adults to join him for a Face to Face event on Sept. 9, which will be held in Nauvoo, Illinois.

“I know that some of you have questions about Church history,” he said in a video posted to his Facebook page on Aug. 1. “We would hope that you would send them in and we will be pleased to have the opportunity of answering many of those questions. We’re certainly looking forward to being with you on this great occasion.”

According to the video description, Elder Cook also invited young adults to study the first four chapters of the new "Saints" book while considering which questions to ask.”

On September 9, I will be participating in a #LDSFace2Face event in Nauvoo where we will discuss some of your questions about Church history. I invite you to read the first four chapters of the new “Saints” book at http://saints.lds.org as you consider questions to ask. Then, I invite you to ask your questions at http://YSAFace2Face.lds.org or in the comments below.

Posted by Quentin L Cook on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sister Jean B. Bingham’s Facebook account posted a video of the Relief Society general presidency thanking those who participated in the Light the World campaign last year. There were 23,000 donations from the campaign, which were made by purchasing gifts for others through a vending machine in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The Facebook accounts of Sister Sharon Eubank and Sister Reyna I. Aburto also shared the video.

The video briefly detailed how the donations assisted Eye Care for Kids, CARE International and the Utah Food Bank.

“Thank you to each one of you who made one of these donations,” Sister Bingham said in the video, posted on Aug. 2. “You have made a big difference. The results were more than we ever imagined. You are being a light to the world. The difference that you make is tremendous to every one of these recipients.”

You are truly a light to the world. Last Christmas we showed you a vending machine the Church put in Salt Lake City where you could buy a gift for someone else in need. From goats to eyeglasses, your donations had a tremendous impact on thousands of people. We created this short video to give you an update on how others have been blessed by your goodness. Thank you for inspiring us with your generosity.

Posted by Jean B. Bingham on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Following his opportunity to throw the first pitch at the Angels baseball game on July 27, Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s Instagram account featured a picture of him with his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, sitting in the bleachers of the Los Angeles Angels Stadium.

“It’s amazing to be in a stadium full of tens of thousands of people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions and know that we are all brothers and sisters as children of our Father in Heaven,” the July 31 post read.

A photo of a grassy field with cotton-like flowers was posted on the Instagram account of Elder Dale G. Renlund on Aug. 1, which was taken on a recent family vacation while hiking in Iceland. According to the post, the guide told the Renlunds that these flowers grow in the wettest part of the marsh, and should be avoided.

“How kind of our Father in Heaven to leave us natural warning signs — spiritual cotton flowers — along our path that help us recognize the spiritual marshy bogs and avoid dangers,” the post read.

On Aug. 1, President M. Russell Ballard’s Twitter account, posted about the power of faith in Jesus Christ. “It can be a force through which miracles are wrought. Or it can be a source of inner strength through which we find peace, comfort, and the courage to cope,” the post read.

Focusing on the nature of true happiness, the Facebook account of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland warned readers that tearing others down or bullying will not “somehow miraculously lift us up.”

“Happy people aren’t negative or cynical or mean, so don’t plan on that being part of the ‘manner of happiness,’” the July 29 post read. “If my life has taught me anything, it is that kindness and pleasantness and faith-based optimism are characteristics of happy people.”

Sometimes, maybe especially when we are young and insecure and trying to make our way up in the world, we think if we...

Posted by Jeffrey R Holland on Sunday, July 29, 2018

On July 29, the Facebook page of Elder Gerrit W. Gong posted about the symbolism of eternity found in the mirrors of the temples.

“In temple mirrors of eternity, I picture a succession of family relationships in both directions. In one direction, I imagine myself as a son, a grandson, a great-grandson. In the other direction, I imagine myself as a father, grandfather, great-grandfather,” the post read.

Many know about the mirrors in the Church’s temples. Together these temple mirrors reflect back and forth—an image of...

Posted by Gerrit W. Gong on Sunday, July 29, 2018

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