Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Henry B. Eyring on serving the Lord this day

President Henry B. Eyring (1933- ) served in the Presiding Bishopric from 1985-1992, as a Seventy from 1992-1995, then was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He has served in the First Presidency since 2007.
"For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot. He knows how. He prepared long ago. He suffered your infirmities and your sorrows when He was in the flesh so that He would know how to succor you.
"The other promise I make to you is that by choosing to serve Him this day, you will feel His love and grow to love Him more.... By serving Him this day, you will come to know Him better. You will feel His love and appreciation. You would not want to delay receiving that blessing. And feeling His love will draw you back to His service, wiping away both complacency and discouragement."
- Henry B. Eyring, "This Day," Ensign, May 2007, pp. 89-91
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President Eyring believes a simple principle: we can "choose to serve the Lord" regardless of any challenges or circumstances in our lives. In the midst of our more trying times, that isn't always easy. But that is perhaps the time when it makes the most difference.

Our willingness to serve God at all costs demonstrates a faith that is rewarded with greater strength and capacity to "carry on." And it results in a deepened relationship with Him as we feel His love, and feel more love for Him. Why would anyone want to delay that blessing, if we truly believe it is real?

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