Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have joined the online conversation in recent years and are embracing the church's challenge to "share goodness" by posting messages and photos to social media.

LDS.org announced in 2013 that the church had created official social media pages for the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Other general authorities and general auxiliary leaders also have official Facebook pages now.

Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, addressed the use of social media in an August 2014 talk, asking church members to "sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth — messages that are authentic, edifying and praiseworthy — and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood."

Here is a look at the edifying messages LDS Church leaders shared this week.

Elder Robert D. Hales, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared his testimony about the purpose of trials in a Facebook post on June 18.

I testify that whatever challenges or hardships we have, they are provided for a reason—so that we can become and...

Posted by Robert D Hales on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elder Russell M. Nelson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, invited followers in a June 19 Facebook post to voice their love and appreciation to their spouse.

To appreciate—to say “I love you” and “thank you”—is not difficult. But these expressions of love and appreciation do...

Posted by Russell M Nelson on Friday, June 19, 2015

On June 19, Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, made a historic announcement regarding a project to index the records of 4 million former slaves. He shared information about the Freedmen's Bureau Project and photos from the press conference on Facebook June 22.

On Friday, June 19, I had the opportunity to participate in an exciting announcement at the California African American...

Posted by D Todd Christofferson on Monday, June 22, 2015

Elder Christofferson also posted on Facebook on Father's Day, June 21, offering encouragement to parents who make the effort to bring their children together for daily scripture study.

As a father of five children, I have often felt that the best thing I ever did with my children was to read the...

Posted by D Todd Christofferson on Sunday, June 21, 2015

President Thomas S. Monson posted to Facebook on Father's Day, inviting followers to nurture the relationships they have with three types of fathers.

Beyond the friends of our peer group or even our own age, will you make a friend of your father? Really, each of you has...

Posted by Thomas S Monson on Sunday, June 21, 2015

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency, presided at the Trujillo Peru Temple dedication on Father's Day. He shared a post on Facebook on June 22 regarding the sacredness of temples.

When a temple is dedicated, the Lord’s Spirit is sent to permanently dwell in His holy house. I witnessed this yesterday...

Posted by Dieter F Uchtdorf on Monday, June 22, 2015

Elder Bednar posted on Facebook June 22 after participating in the Trujillo Peru Temple dedication June 21. He wrote about the need for temples across the world and shared photos from the event.

People across the world obtain strength from the sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples. This...

Posted by David A Bednar on Monday, June 22, 2015

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, posted to Facebook June 23, thanking followers for feedback regarding an earlier post. Sister Oscarson and Sister Linda K. Burton, Relief Society general president, are working on an article for the Ensign regarding the transition from Young Women to Relief Society. On June 8, they asked their Facebook followers to share feedback.

Thank you for your fabulous responses to my question on progression. Our Young Women general board has summarized your...

Posted by Bonnie L. Oscarson on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, shared counsel for how to approach important life decisions in a June 24 Facebook post.

Plead that the Spirit will show you what the Lord wants you to do. Plan to do it. Promise Him to obey. Act with...

Posted by Henry B Eyring on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared a scripture on Twitter on June 24 for those facing adversity.

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shared a poem and encouraged followers to overcome negative influences by controlling their thoughts in a June 25 Facebook post.

The voice of the Spirit is felt rather than heard. You can learn when you are very young how the Holy Ghost works.The...

Posted by Boyd K Packer on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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