Saturday, April 13, 2019

President Henry B. Eyring on peace through family efforts

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.
"There is the key to leading your family to rise to that spiritual place you want for them—and for you to be there with them. As you help them grow in faith that Jesus Christ is their loving Redeemer, they will feel a desire to repent. As they do, humility will begin to replace pride. As they begin to feel what the Lord has given them, they will want to share more generously. Rivalry for prominence or recognition will diminish. Hate will be driven out by love. And finally, like it did for the people converted by King Benjamin, the desire to do good will fortify them against temptation to sin. King Benjamin’s people testified that they had 'no more disposition to do evil.' (Mosiah 5:2)
"So building faith in Jesus Christ is the beginning of reversing spiritual decline in your family and in your home. That faith is more likely to bring repentance than your preaching against each symptom of spiritual decline."
- Henry B. Eyring, "A Home Where the Spirit of the Lord Dwells," General Conference April 2019
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In our time, in so many ways, there are challenges that confront families. President Eyring's message in the recent conference offered suggestions and encouragement to assist in confronting those demands. This except shares a key concept: parents can achieve more by nurturing faith in Jesus Christ than by preaching and reprimanding:

As we grow in faith in Jesus Christ, no matter what our age or circumstance, we are transformed. That faith leads to emulation, and to a change in heart and nature. Not only are we blessed as individuals, but all around us are blessed as well!

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2019)

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