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Mormon Church Leaders Are Joining Twitter

"Follow the prophet."

Posted on May 7, 2014, at 2:20 p.m. ET

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Church president Thomas S. Monson (left) at the semi-annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the second highest governing body in the Mormon Church, have joined Twitter, and more church leaders on the way, a spokesman said.

"Two apostles, Elder M. Russell Ballard and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, began using Twitter within the last week, and other church leaders will also be using Twitter in the near future," Lyman Kirkland, a spokesman, said in an email. "This is just another step church leaders are taking to use social media to share the gospel and communicate with the world."

The two accounts are not yet verified by Twitter, and a spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to request for comment. The church runs several Twitter accounts which are verified, including @TheLDSChurch, @MORMONorg, and @MormonTabChoir.

Lyman noted the church has "maintained official Facebook and Google+ pages on the behalf of church leaders for some time now."

Elder Ballard's first tweet was about a devotional in San Diego titled Be Still and Know That I Am God.

Thank you to all who tuned in to the devotional. It was a joy to be with you, both those in San Diego and throughout the world. #CESDevo

M. Russell Ballard@M_RBallard

Thank you to all who tuned in to the devotional. It was a joy to be with you, both those in San Diego and throughout the world. #CESDevo

09:15 PM - 4 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Elder Holland's first tweet was about remarks given at the church's missionary training center in Provo, Utah.

Being with missionaries is the greatest. Tonight it was the MTC in Provo, with all international MTCs listening in.

Jeffrey R. Holland@J_R_Holland

Being with missionaries is the greatest. Tonight it was the MTC in Provo, with all international MTCs listening in.

12:00 AM - 7 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Accounts for other members of the Quorum of the Twelve exist, however Lyman did not confirm these were official and said any other accounts "won't be announced or promoted until they are actively being used."

These accounts all use official church portraits of the leaders and each follows five accounts run by the church.

Other accounts that exist that have not tweeted or been verified by the church include elders Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson...

Update: There's a similar account for Elder D. Todd Christofferson

h/t Blake Oakey

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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