Wednesday, December 7, 2016

President Henry B. Eyring on confidence in the storms of life

President Henry B. Eyring (born May 31, 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.
"Life will have its storms. We can and must have confidence. God our Heavenly Father has given us the right to know the truth. He has shown that the way to receive that truth is simple, so simple that a child can follow it. Once it is followed, more light comes from God to enlighten the understanding of His faithful spirit child. That light will become brighter even as the world darkens. The light that comes to us with truth will be brighter than the darkness that comes from sin and error around us. A foundation built on truth and illuminated by the light of God will free us from the fear that we might be overcome.
"I testify that God the Father lives. He knows us. We are His beloved children. His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of the world. He came down into mortality, where we would have been forever lost without Him, to give us the incomprehensible gift of the Atonement. He went below all things so that we might be exalted if we choose to follow Him."
- Henry B. Eyring, "A Life Founded in Light and Truth," BYU devotional, 15 August 2000; see Ensign, July 2001, 13
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Church leaders often speak of the challenges or "storms" that confront us all in life. They will come; that is part of our mortal experience. But President Eyring testifies that light will push back the storms as we allow it to enter our lives:

Light comes to us as we receive and accept truth. Light is a growing, self-reinforcing principle: as we receive light, we become qualified or prepared for more light. It doesn't matter how dark the world is; each act of faith or obedience brightens our world and pushes back the darkness, and with it, "the fear that we might be overcome." Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we know that all storms in our life are temporary and will be overcome by the Light of Christ.

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