As we gear up for general conference, the words our prophet and the apostles are sharing on social media help remind us of what a blessing and honor it is to hear from the Lord's chosen servants, not only every six months, but on a regular basis.
These inspiring messages will help prepare your hearts for this upcoming weekend and might provide insights into what messages our leaders will share with us during general conference.
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President Monson isn't the only Church leader who has noted the trials and hardships Latter-day Saints are facing and the light which can help us overcome them. Elder Gary E. Stevenson shared this touching post about the struggle of members who have survived civil wars and Ebola outbreaks:
Elder Quentin L. Cook wrote about an Emeritus Seventy who learned how to overcome such trying times with optimism and faith. Along with the following video, Elder Cook shared this story:
I want to assure you that you can do hard things.
Elder John B. Dickson, a marvelous Seventy, now emeritus, who served with distinction all over the world, demonstrated this in a fun and unusual way. Elder Dickson was called to serve as an LDS missionary in Mexico in 1962. Before he departed, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right arm. He was not expected to live more than a month. However, 10 months later he left to serve his assigned mission, having had his arm amputated.
I will never forget how he taught missionaries at the MTC that they could do hard things. He invited four missionaries to come up to the stand and compete with him in a tie-tying contest. Dickson defeated all four of the missionaries using his teeth, his shoulders, and his chest in a marvelous way.
Please know that you can overcome adversity and do hard things.
Elder Henry B. Eyring shared ways members can feel the Holy Ghost more vividly in their lives, something which will help us all as we prepare for general conference even while Elder Robert D. Hales shared his love for conference and the inspiration that goes behind each message shared:
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and President Russell M. Nelson both shared insightful and touching posts about marriage, insights that can help strengthen our own family relationships:
We can't wait to see what these inspired men share. Elder David A. Bednar shares a message we couldn't have said any better ourselves: