Mormon Mentions: Elder Rasband’s powerful experience with ‘bride price,’ Jimmer Fredette, David Archuleta post photos of family
What do Komodo dragons, babies, soldiers, trash cans and nightmares have in common? In this week’s Mormon Mentions, these disparate things all add flair to LDS posts. Whether it’s a photo of Jimmer Fredette with his new baby girl or an ill-fated family vacation to Italy, social media posts reflected relationships in comedic and nostalgic ways.
Stephen Meek from BYU TV’s "Studio C" ran into some trouble but had mixed feelings about the outcome. Make sure to read the reply from fellow cast member Mallory Everton.
Who is buying things off of my wife's Amazon wishlist and sending them to her in my name?? I am simultaneously grateful and confused!— Stephen Meek (@StephenMeekness) June 8, 2017
Another "Studio C" actor, Stacey Harkey, took his comedic powers to Twitter with this GIF.
Harris Heller, an LDS YouTuber and musician, also brought laughter to Twitter with the message below.
BYU celebrated National Best Friends Day on Twitter by posting pictures of both the BYU-Idaho and BYU-Hawaii campuses.
Singer and songwriter Cherie Call tweeted about a nightmare she had.
Dreamed I had to write 33 songs by Wednesday. It's the most stressed out I've ever been while sleeping.— Cherie Call (@cheriecall) June 8, 2017
Jenny Oaks Baker’s family trip to Pisa, Italy, took an unfortunate turn when their car was broken into.
Please pray for us! Our car was broken into and everything was stolen except the two violins (miracle!!!!!), and our...
Posted by Jenny Oaks Baker on Thursday, June 8, 2017
Jimmy Osmond posted a photo of him and his wife for their 26th anniversary.
David Archuleta tweeted a photo of his trip to Crater Lake, Oregon.
Archuleta also posted a photo of him and his grandmother after his Sacramento show.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir blog revealed that “God Be With You Till We Meet Again,” written in 1882 by Jeremiah Rankin, was inspired by the discovery that the dictionary said “goodbye” was short for “God be with you." Lyrics from the hymn were also used on postcards during wartime.
The choir also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s June 3 Classical Crossover Chart for its album “Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends” for the 12th time, said the World Religion News. Lindsey Stirling’s album “Brave Enough” has also spent 40 weeks on the charts. See what more LDS musicians are up to here:
Basketball sensation Jimmer Fredette tweeted that he will be running in the Deseret News 5K on Pioneer Day this year.
Fredette also posted an early Father’s Day photo of him and his baby girl in the black-and-white photo below.
LDS Youth posted a video on YouTube based on Elder Gary E. Stevenson’s April 2016 conference address, “Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood?" The video illustrates a story Elder Stevenson told in conference when he and his family were locked out of their car after spending the day skiing. The experience served as a powerful reminder for Elder Stevenson of the importance of priesthood keys and how those keys help “pave the covenant pathway back to our loving Heavenly Father.”
Elder Robert D. Hales, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, encouraged members through his Twitter account not to feel alone. He also taught about the power of Christ’s Atonement through his Facebook account.
We have not been left alone. We have the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost to lead and guide us in an otherwise very dark and dreary world.— Robert D. Hales (@HalesRobertDean) June 8, 2017
What we must remember about the Savior is that He and He alone had the power to lay down His life and take it up again....
Posted by Robert D Hales on Thursday, June 8, 2017
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf taught about the nature of God in the tweet below.
God is our mentor.— Dieter F. Uchtdorf (@UchtdorfDF) June 8, 2017
He is our great and cherished hope.
He desires to stimulate us with faith.
He is the better way!
Elder David A. Bednar’s Facebook account related the experiences Elder and Sister Bednar recently had on a trip to Africa. Elder Bednar said the African Saints “face unique challenges, and yet I am amazed at their willingness to submit to the will of the Lord and be happy in all situations.”
https://www.facebook.com/lds.david.a.bednar/posts/1687959934565074Elder Ronald A. Rasband’s Facebook account related a powerful experience he had as he attended a conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He wrote that he woke up with a prompting to have a young woman speak at the conference, and he acted on it. The young woman spoke about the practice of “bride price,” or money being paid for a bride, and Elder Rasband quoted what she stated: “We are not your merchandise.” Elder Rasband said the Spirit witnessed of the truthfulness of her remarks as she spoke about celestial marriage and the equal partnership within it.
I often am amazed at how the Lord uses each of us to help bring about His purposes. I received a powerful reminder of...
Posted by Ronald A. Rasband on Friday, June 2, 2017
Elder Dale G. Renlund also traveled this past week, to organize the new Senahú Guatemala Stake. The post below quotes Elder Renlund saying the Guatemalan saints “have a deep and abiding faith in the Savior and his work.”
My assignment this past weekend was to organize the new Senahú Guatemala Stake. Senahú is the center of the...
Posted by Dale G. Renlund on Wednesday, June 7, 2017