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An Apostle’s Family Picture That You’ll Never See Again Without Laughing

An Apostle’s Family Picture That You’ll Never See Again Without Laughing

Gary E. Stevenson shared an incredibly important message of the dangers of comparison on social media through a personal example that will have you rolling. Make sure to watch the video at the end. It will be the best thing you see all day.

The following is the text from an address Elder Stevenson gave at the BYU Women’s Conference on May 5, 2017.

“As you scroll through your news feed online, you might feel somewhat discouraged at times when you see images that portray an idealized reality of those you follow on social media. This may lead to debilitating comparisons. During this past general conference in October, I discussed how we should avoid comparing ourselves to others on social media.

I used this video as part of my BYU Women’s Conference address to share one of our humorous family secrets, as it describes our family photo taken some years ago, before the advent of social media. If this photo would have been taken in 2017, it likely would have been posted on social media—presenting a family of four lovely, well-behaved boys, color coordinated, enjoying a harmonious family photo opportunity together. The real story is quite different.

social media comparison

As you can see, we need to be mindful of the hazards and risks of our online communications. The world usually is just not as bright or perfect as it appears on social media. I invite all of us to avoid comparing ourselves to others around us as we use these new communication platforms for good in the world.”

Watch the video below – and laugh a lot!



Saturday 29th of August 2020

Thank you so much for this! We all have difficulties, yet each of us has a tendency to look around and think that everyone else has life all arranged nicely in a little see-through box where the rest of the world can admire (aka, envy) them.

Alternatively, someone else is probably looking at each of us and thinking those same thoughts ~ ~ ~ while we, OURSELVES, groan at what we IMAGINE those other folks are thinking.

Those Very Thoughts are generated and ~ ~ ~ if we allow them to continue ~ ~ ~ blended into the poison that can be our undoing.

Thank you for reminding us that each of us ~ ~ ~ Every. Single. Person. has the ability to overcome whatever challenges we are faced with. Thank you for reminding us that we will Only be tested within our OWN ability to stand strong... to turn our shirt around, if necessary... if only we choose to do so. This is what keeps many of us standing after every fall. Thank you!

~ Yaya