Tuesday, January 30, 2018

President Henry B. Eyring on blessing others through obedience and example

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.
"Whoever you are and wherever you may be, you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine. Every day and every hour you can choose to make or keep a covenant with God.
"Wherever you are on the path to inherit the gift of eternal life, you have the opportunity to show many people the way to greater happiness. When you choose whether to make or keep a covenant with God, you choose whether you will leave an inheritance of hope to those who might follow your example."
- Henry B. Eyring, "A Priceless Heritage of Hope," General Conference April 2014
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What are the consequences of our actions? Do we recognize how much of a difference our choices really do make? President Eyring suggests we underestimate the impact of our righteous choices and actions:

As we choose to make and keep those sacred covenants, we become more visible examples of the benefits of the Gospel way of life; and so our ability to show the way of happiness to others increases with every act of obedience. That "inheritance of hope" means more than we can ever anticipate.

I think of the example of the lives of my two grandmothers, who both died many years ago. They were simple women, never prominent in the community or in Church service. But their example of faithful devotion to God impressed deeply on my young mind and has many times influenced my own choices and actions. They were covenant-keepers, and their example has made me a better and a happier man.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2018)

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