Friday, April 6, 2018

President Henry B. Eyring on seeking the companionship of the Holy Ghost

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.
"We have the priceless promise of the Holy Ghost as a companion, and we also have true directions on how to claim that gift. These words are said by the Lord’s authorized servant with his hands on our head: 'Receive the Holy Ghost.' At that moment you and I have the assurance He will be sent. But our obligation is to choose to open our hearts to receive the ministration of the Spirit over a lifetime....
"The Prophet Joseph set an example for us of how to receive continual spiritual direction and comfort through the Holy Ghost.
"The first choice he made was to be humble before God.
"The second was to pray with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
"The third was to obey exactly. Obedience may mean to move quickly. It may mean to prepare. Or it may mean to wait in patience for further inspiration.
"And the fourth is to pray to know the needs and hearts of others and how to help them for the Lord."
- Henry B. Eyring, "His Spirit to Be with You," General Conference April 2018
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When we are offered a gift, it's important to know the conditions by which the gift can be received. President Eyring reminds us that we have to choose to accept and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost:

I was impressed by President Eyring's use of Joseph Smith as an example of the principles of receiving the companionship of the Holy Ghost. Commitment to humility, faithful prayer, careful obedience, and eager service will open the doors of heaven for us and invite the precious guidance and closeness with the Spirit that we so badly need in our time.

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

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