Friday, August 3, 2018

President Henry B. Eyring on faith and God and confidence in yourself

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.
"It is by faith that you can lay hold upon every good thing. I pray with all my heart that your faith will be increased that you are a [child] of a loving God. I testify to you that you have been one of the valiant ones to reach the point where you now are in this journey of life. Just as you are marked as a target by the enemy of righteousness, you have been protected and watched over by your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. They know you. They know all of the forces and individuals around you. They know what is ahead of you. And so They know which of the choices you make, which of the desires you decide to satisfy, and which of the circumstances around you will make the most difference in keeping you walking in the light.
"I testify that by the Spirit of Christ and by the Holy Ghost, you may walk confidently in whatever difficulties will come. Because you are so valuable, some of your trials may be severe. You need never be discouraged or afraid. The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith.
"You must have faith to pray. You must have faith to ponder the word of God. You must have faith to do those things and go to those places which invite the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Ghost."
- Henry B. Eyring, "Walk in the Light," General Conference April 2008
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These remarks were shared by President Eyring at a General Young Women Meeting, but they surely apply to all members of the Church, and to all children of God. It's so valuable to have the knowledge that we are children of a loving God, who is aware of us and watching over us. He desires to help and guide us as we deal with the challenges of life; we need to learn to trust and accept His will.

One of the greatest keys to happiness and peace in life is certainly that faith in God brings help, and it brings hope. As we have faith in Him, we will be willing and eager to pray, to ponder His words, to "do those things and go to those places which invite the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Ghost." Our faith will lead to the greatest help and to real blessings.

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

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